San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) wants to widen Highway 1/Calera Parkway to six lanes. (See the comment thread below this post to follow community reactions and updates following the June 22 public meeting and comment period.) The stated purpose of the proposed project is to reduce congestion from approximately a half mile north of Reina Del Mar Avenue to approximately a quarter mile south of Fassler/Rockaway Beach avenues, a distance of some 1.3 miles. But many Pacificans and others believe that widening the highway would harm adjacent wetlands, not solve traffic problems in the long term, blight the landscape with high retaining walls on both sides of the road, and cost as much as $50 million. Stay tuned to this space for new developments in the widening debate.
PUBLIC INFORMATION CONTACTS: SMCTA Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) member Jim Vreeland (Pacifica City Council), CAC Vice Chair Barbara Arietta at 415-246-0775 or firstname.lastname@example.org, SMCTA Headquarters at 650-508-6283 and http://www.smcta.com/
SMCTA's package includes 11 traffic alternatives but studies only two, both to widen the road: SEE COASTSIDER ANALYSIS