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THE END OF HIGHWAY 1 WIDENING PROJECT

On October 12, 2017, the City and County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) deleted $6.9 million in funding for right-of-way purchases for widening Highway 1 (see C/CAG memo at link below). This was in response to a letter directed by Pacifica City Council to C/CAG's executive director asking that this funding be removed from the 2018 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) listing. This was the last vestige of funding for the Calera Parkway Project (CPP).
 
In addition, there has been no attempt by Caltrans to appeal its loss in the federal lawsuit over the CPP environmental impact report (EIR).
 
Also, according to Pacifica Municipal Code, any additional through lanes for Highway 1 now require a vote of Pacifica electors.
 
I think it is safe to say that we have reached the end of the CPP widening. Thanks are due to a tremendous number of people who protested the widening, in particular, members of Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A).
 
Let's now focus our energy on alternatives to widening.
 
John Keener
Pacifica City Council
 

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Maybe "John" is angry over the failure of the equally off-base "Don't Call A John A John" campaign?

Sounds more like Caltrans saying we tried to fix the traffic backups, now we can wash our hands of this and leave the problem to Pacifica to attempt to fix as traffic gets worse and worse in the future.

As is the case most of the time, the joke is on Pacifica -- the little town that couldn't.

I'm still baffled how adding a single 12-foot lane in each direction would have resulted in a project that more than doubled the width of the existing roadway, made it wider than I-280, and would have required the construction of bridges -- bridges! -- to accomplish it. Oh, and don't forget the destruction of homes and restaurants to boot. I found that most reasonable people considered it complete overkill.

Anyone mad at those of us who opposed this monstrosity should instead redirect their anger at Caltrans, which, instead of providing a set of solutions, offered only a single, laughably huge widening and responded with "Go pound sand" when it was questioned about it.

Good riddance to this asinine project.

Not That John: How long do you think the widening project would take exactly? How long do you think you would be sitting in your car, during construction, with one-way traffic controls? Ask them in Novato to Santa Rosa north how efficient that project has been, and how many years did it take? (It's still ongoing.)

It's not just Pacifica, as I am now commuting with the tech buses, and Uber/Lyft drivers who make their biggest fares in the bigger cities like San Jose and San Francisco. There are more of us.

Ever take the Pacifica exit from SB 280 around Millbrae during commute traffic? Are there any plans to widen Skyline? Because it's a similar backup.

I'm sorry you own a pre-1995 multi-unit building. That's the only thing Measure C will affect.

Oh thank god, now I'll be able to continue to sit in the traffic with my car idling. I'm sure the folks, like Bill, will come up with "softer" (whatever that means) answers for the everyday traffic. Good old Pathetica -- always on top of things like fireworks, off-leash dogs, booze on the beach, and most important, telling people what they can charge for rent.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Whoever this person is, it ain't me, babe.)

Bravo, John, Deirdre, and Sue for finally putting an end to this boondoggle. The concrete crowd adhering to the failed solutions of the 1960s continues to whine, but Pacifica will benefit from quicker, "softer" answers to the occasional traffic backup without adding lanes for more solo commuting.

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