06/24/09

MORE PROGRESS IN WIDENING HIGHWAY 76

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized County staff to enter an agreement with Caltrans for 31 acres of right-of-way needed to widen Highway 76 between Melrose Drive and Mission Road.

Caltrans needs to acquire all the right-of-way for the middle phase of the project by the end of the month. The decision moves forward a long time plan of Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to construct a seven-mile park along the San Luis Rey River that would allow widening the existing two-lane highway to four lanes and improve alignment between Melrose Drive and Interstate 15.

“Much of the land Caltrans needs is our park land,” Supervisor Horn said. “This item lets County staff negotiate the right price while keeping Caltrans on schedule to start construction in December.”

The project requires approximately 31 acres of permanent right of way from five parcels owned by the County. When negotiations conclude, the results will be presented to the Board for approval of the contracts.

“Highway 76 remains one of the most dangerous two-lane roads in the State,” said Horn. “This moves us a step closer to having a safer, wider road and a beautiful park alongside it.”

Contact: John Culea
619 531-4709, Cell: 619 548-1765
Fax: 619 685-2662