Groups divided over Coast Highway workshop

Groups divided over Coast Highway workshop
Consultant Neil Payton explains roadway options. Workshop participants designed how they would like to see Coast Highway. Photo by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The second Coast Highway Corridor Study workshop gathered community input on preferred sidewalk and roadway layouts for Pacific Coast Highway on May 15.

Community preferences will be boiled down to two options that will be presented to City Council, along with the options of adopting changes spelled out in the Coast Highway Vision Plan, or leaving the highway as is.

The Coast Highway Vision Plan was adopted by the city in 2009. This option considers vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and access to mass transit. It also looks at preserving neighborhood character, maintaining views, safety and green space.

Changes include wider sidewalks, landscaping, reduced traffic lanes and marked bike lanes on the highway.

The vision plan also recommends replacing almost half of the traffic lights on Coast Highway with roundabouts. The eight traffic lights in the downtown area between Surfrider Way and Washington Avenue would remain.

The “as is” option would leave the highway with a vehicle oriented layout of two traffic lanes in each direction, on-street parking and no marked bike lanes. Sidewalks and landscaping would also remain as is.

It will take some analysis of workshop input before the two “community choice” options are determined.

The nine workshop feedback groups varied greatly in what they wanted to see.

To illustrate the diversity in thought, one group designed the highway with on-street parking downtown, wider sidewalks south of Wisconsin Avenue and marked bike lanes along the entire highway.

Another group proposed reduced traffic lanes and on-street parking along the entire highway, and limited marked bike lanes to south of Morse Street.

Feedback from two of the nine groups shows them on the same page with on-street parking downtown, and bike lanes south of Morse Street.

Analysis will determine the top two ideas the nine feedback groups have in common.

A summary of feedback from the first Coast Highway Corridor Study workshop held in February shows some emerging trends.

One popular option is to widen sidewalks, include marked bike lanes and reduce traffic lanes.

Another equally popular alternative is to leave sidewalks “as is,” accommodate bike traffic on other streets and maintain the four lanes of traffic.

Once two corridor options are determined the Steering Committee — comprised of residents; SANDAG, NCTD, police and fire personnel; and other key stakeholders — will meet to review the two corridor plans.

Steering Committee member John McDonald said the committee would fine-tune the options.

The next steps are a final community workshop and one more Steering Committee review before the item goes to City Council in August 2015.

There is no timeline on when the roadway and sidewalk improvements will be made. Implementation will depend on securing funding.


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