San Diego looks to make drivers safer

October 31, 2013 by  

One of the many intriguing things about San Diego is how quickly a person can get from the downtown area to the back country. Unfortunately, one of the main rural routes, State Route 67, which winds between Ramona and Lakeside and is heavily traveled, but the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) is considering four different methods of making the route safer.

According to Cathryne Bruce-Johnson, spokeswoman for CalTrans, the four safety measures under consideration are a steel barrier, a concrete barrier, a wide median as a buffer, and a high tension cable barrier. The four are only being studied at the moment, because there are difficulties with redoing the road. Route 67 is a two-lane highway, with some areas so narrow it would be a challenge to to erect any kind of barrier.

Since the process of improving the road is going to take some time—at least a year—CalTrans is asking drivers to help avoid accidents by driving responsibly. This includes driving at or below the speed limit, driving at a speed safe for the condition of the road, and avoiding distractions.

Since SR 67 twists and turns, San Diego city officials, as well as county and state agencies, might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer showing exactly where each phase of construction will be, and when. This will alert drivers so they do not come around a curve and find construction to be unexpectedly in front of them.

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