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Partial Closure of Torero Drive for Toro Park Cut Through Traffic Pilot Project Begins on Friday“

DATE: Monday, July 8, 2024

 MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), Caltrans District 5, and the County of Monterey announced that a partial closure of Torero Drive, along Highway 68, will go into effect this Friday, July 12, 2024. The partial road closure is a component of the “Toro Park Cut Through Traffic Pilot Project,” which will be in effect from Friday, July 12 – Tuesday, October 1, 2024. Fixed signs and changeable electronic messaging signs will be placed along Highway 68 and within Toro Park to inform motorists of the partial road closure.

The “Toro Park Cut Through Traffic Pilot Project,” is designed to re-route traffic that diverts         from Reservation Road and Highway 68 into Serra Village and Toro Park during commute hours to avoid traffic congestion on Highway 68. The project is also designed to address safety concerns and congestion in the residential Toro Park communities inundated with aggressive drivers who take Portola Drive as an alternate route and speed through a school zone to re-enter Highway 68 at Torero Drive.

The “Toro Park Cut Through Traffic Pilot Project” closure will block southbound traffic on Torero Drive at the intersection of Bravo Court; thereby prohibiting vehicles from entering the highway from Torero Drive. According to Doug Bilse, TAMC’s Principal Transportation Engineer and Project Manager of the pilot project, “The pilot project is expected to be in place a week or two before school starts so that we can observe traffic and adjust accordingly. We will be monitoring traffic throughout the pilot project phase and gathering feedback from community members. At that time, we will review traffic data and have permanent solutions to review.”

The partial road closure will improve traffic flow and reduce the 20-minute queue many Salinas commuters experience each day. The transportation agencies are also working together to improve traffic signal operations, which will make the traffic flow better than it currently is. Based upon travel time studies conducted by TAMC, Toro Park residents might experience an increase for the off-peak trip to the peninsula that should take an extra 3-4 minutes, while a peak hour trip might add 7-8 minutes.

In addressing the extra minutes, Doug Bilse, stated, “We realize this hardship is needed to address safety concerns and are trying to identify a long-term solution that will reduce or eliminate this added travel time.” 

The Toro Park Cut Through Pilot Traffic Project is a Measure X funded project. It was developed by TAMC, the County and residents of Serra Village and Toro Park to help define a long-term solution to keep traffic from diverting off the highway.

For more information about the Toro Park Cut Through Traffic Pilot Project, contact Doug Bilse, Engineer & Project Manager, TAMC, at 831 775- 4413 or at  You can also visit the TAMC website at           


 The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors.  The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit or call 831.775.0903.

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