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updated: Jul 11, 2012, 3:39 PM
By Jessie Altstatt
I just read with interest the Caltrans and City of Goleta press release about the round-about project at
Calle Real and Los Carneros. Roundabouts are great in my book, but what scares me is the following
statement further down in the article:
"Caltrans anticipates a full closure of the northbound on ramp at Fairview Avenue for at least a year and
a full closure of the southbound off ramp at Fairview Avenue for six months for that project.
The Las Vegas/San Pedro Creek Project is expected to begin in 2013 with the ramp closures later in the
project. With the Fairview ramp closures, traffic will be diverted to Los Carneros. "
Yikes!! What is the intersection of Calle Real and Fairview, the most congested in Goleta, going to look
like with these closures? Maybe it will be better?
The Fairview 101 overpass is heavily used by those wishing to enter the north-bound 101 and is thus
extremely hazardous for cyclist traffic as the bike lane is subsumed by the freeway on-ramp. Although,
as a motorist I do not look forward to the nightmare traffic this closure may cause, I do look forward to
a much safer bike ride over to the shopping corridor of Calle Real. This single factor may make the
difference on whether I drive or bike. If only Caltrans had adequately addressed all modes of
transportation when they rebuilt this overpass a decade ago! Now they have the opportunity to get it
right for cyclists and pedestrians at the Calle Real/Los Carneros round-about.
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