The SR Scenic Highway 68 Safety Improvement Project proposes to make safety and traffic flow improvements at each of the nine signalized intersections on the highway between Josselyn Canyon Road and San Benancio road. The plan also proposes to create wildlife crossings on some segments to reduce wildlife crashes.
Caltrans as the lead agency for the project is in the environmental phase of the project and has begun preparing the technical studies, survey work, and preliminary engineering to evaluate two alternative sets of improvements; to either modify each signalized intersection or install roundabouts at each intersection. It’s anticipated that construction could start in 2026.
Highway 68 is a heavily congested corridor used by more than 25,000 vehicles each day as commuters travel between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula. The highway also aids freight and agricultural transport between the City of Salinas and River Road, as well as transport of goods and visitors to the Monterey Peninsula.
The Measure X Transportation Safety and Investment Plan has allocated $50 million towards the construction of the project. Matching state and federal funds will be sought to cover the remaiing cost of the project.
The deadline to submit comments for the scoping of the Environmental Impact Report is November 8, 2019. To submit your comments or learn more about the project visit the Caltrans website at https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5/district-5-current-projects/d5-scenic-route-68-improvements
You can also contact Rich Deal, at the Transportation Agency by by calling (831) 775-4413 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.