Salinas Road Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday

If you find yourself in the area of Highway 1 and Salinas Road Friday, April 23, you may stumble upon a party. Caltrans District 5 and the Transportation Agency of Monterey will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the start of an improvement project for that dangerous intersection. Between 2001 and 2005, there were 83 collisions and three fatal crashes at that intersection where motorists risk being struck by oncoming Highway 1 traffic as they tried to access or leave Salinas Road. The two agencies will construct an overpass that will allow southbound Highway 1 travelers to safely access Salinas Road, as well as make it safer for drivers on Salinas Road to access southbound Highway 1. Specifically, the $30 million project will add:
  • A new interchange that will extend Salinas Road over Highway 1
  • New on-and off-ramps
  • A frontage road between Salinas and Jensen roads to allow safe entry and exit points on Highway 1.
  • A private frontage road to improve access to area businesses
  • Upgrades to public transit, park & ride, bicycle and pedestrian facilities
The project is to wrap up toward the end of 2012. For more information about the project, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/salinas_rd/
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