Regarding your “Forget Widening, Sync Traffic Lights” post, I agree that the traffic signal at Reina del Mar is the major problem for the traffic buildup on northbound Highway 1 in the morning. A friend and I like to walk the beach trail from Linda Mar to Vallemar, and every day we see the same thing: parents driving south on Highway 1 to take their children to Vallemar School.
Instead of waiting in the left-turn lane at Reina del Mar, many turn right into the quarry, make a U-turn to head east, put the car in park, get out of the car and push the button on the traffic signal intended for pedestrians wanting to cross the highway.
Then these parents get back in the car, knowing that the light will be extra long, giving them and the cars behind them plenty of time to cross the highway. This action lengthens the signal for northbound cars, thus causing an even bigger backup on northbound Highway 1.
One day we even saw a father in a two-door car stop, climb into the backseat to release two children from their car seats. His two children ran to the signal and pushed the button, ran back to the car, and he re-buckled their car seats and waited for the signal to change. We have seen other cars stop and send older children over to push the button. I don't think widening the highway is the answer if there still is a signal at Vallemar.
The bridge replacement on Highway 1 at Linda Mar also is causing major traffic jams and delays. What sort of traffic problems will the highway widening project cause and for how long? Two years? Three years? A more reasonable answer would be to build a frontage road for emergency vehicles on the west side of Highway 1. The old KFC/Boston Bill’s building is empty and Lovey's Tea Shop knew of the future road project when the building was leased.
Fortunately for me, I have no need to be on Highway 1 in the morning, but I feel for the drivers who drive this route every morning. Most of the traffic is caused by parents or students driving to school. Everyone knows that when school is not in session, there is no traffic problem. During winter and spring breaks and summer vacation, traffic is practically nonexistent.