Author: Public Works
Date: 10/05/2021 16:57:06
San Luis Obispo, Calif. (October 5, 2021) – The San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works (county), the San Luis Obispo Board of Governments (SLOCOG) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are working together to develop solutions to the growing congestion on State Route 227 and local roads between the city limits of San Luis Obispo and Price Canyon Road.
As an alternative to US Highway 101, the future role and functionality of State Route 227 has been a key political issue for all three partners. Please see the map for the location.
Congestion and safety concerns have long been raised by residents and motorists who regularly use the road between the town of San Luis Obispo and the areas of the five towns. To address these concerns, the project team commissioned a corridor-wide traffic study to assess the congestion and safety benefits of various project alternatives at priority intersections along the corridor, including: Farmhouse Lane, Buckley Road, Crestmont Drive, Los Ranchos Road, and Biddle Ranch Road. The Traffic study on the National Road 227 corridor 2021 is posted on the county’s project web page and publicly available. The team is hosting a virtual public meeting via Zoom on October 12, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to share results and answer questions. To register for the event, go to: bit.ly/227PublicMtg2021.
The webinar-style presentation will look at the study’s recommendations for these five intersections along the corridor, which will be implemented in stages, as funding becomes available. The Operational Improvement Project of National Road 227 at the intersection of Los Ranchos Road will be the first phase to be implemented. Funding for this intersection improvement will be included in the funding recommendations for the 2022 SLOCOG project, which will be submitted to the SLOCOG board for a vote on December 1, 2021.
“Balancing the needs for improved commuter traffic, visitor traffic and movement of goods with the needs of residential communities along the corridor, while prioritizing safety, current availability of funds and investment future maintenance all play an important role in developing solutions for the corridor, ”said SLO County District 3 Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg. “We are delighted to share the results of our study and to launch the Operational Improvements Project for National Highway 227 and the Los Ranchos Highway Intersection!” “
About the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
The Council of Governments of San Luis Obispo (SLOCOG) is an association of local governments in the San Luis Obispo County region. Its members include the 7 cities (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) as well as unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The central objective of SLOCOG is to examine common regional problems and to propose solutions. SLOCOG provides transport planning and financing for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional problems. In addition to preparing the region’s long-term transport plan, SLOCOG plans and funds public transport services, upgrades of highways and roads, and other alternative modes of transport.
About Caltrans District 5
Caltrans Statewide operates more than 50,000 miles of California freeways and freeways, provides intercity rail service, licenses more than 400 public use airports and special use hospital helipads, and works with local agencies. Caltrans achieves its mission with six main programs: Aeronautics, Road transport, Mass transport, Transport planning, Administration and Equipment service center. Caltrans Ward 5 is made up of the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. Caltrans’ Strategic plan indicates that the agency’s vision is “A better future for all through a world-class transportation network”. and the mission is to “provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves everyone and respects the environment”.
About the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department
The Department of Public Works provides public services related to the safe and efficient movement of the 1,350 miles of county-maintained roads and the sustainable provision of safe and reliable water resources to all areas of the county. The accomplishment of this mission includes: the technical examination and surveying of the land use planning project; administration and operation of various wholesale and retail water and wastewater facilities, including the Nacimiento Water Supply and Los Osos Wastewater Projects; long-term water master plan; administration of deductibles for unincorporated areas; facility planning, design and construction management of all county construction projects; maintenance and security services for all facilities occupied by the county. Through its many areas of responsibility, Public Works strives to be a valued community partner improving the quality of life of our constituents in the county.