Victor Lund 
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Re: “Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is part of a suit to temporarily halt the El Campo intersection closure

The Grant family wanted to make the El Campo crossing safe. It's noble. 1n 1999, CalTrans and SLOCOG added an overpass to their long range strategic plan - located just to the south of El Campo. It's still on the plan with no start date in sight. Failure to develop infrastructure commensurate with the needs of a growing community is shameful. Worse yet, it cost a life and has contributed to many horrible injuries.

CalTrans came up with the idea of tying the partial closure of El Campo with closures all along the 101 between Arroyo Grande and Nipomo. Shutting down that long stretch of road is more than inconvenient - it puts people in peril by restricting access for emergency response. Imagine a fire truck rolling out of Arroyo Grande trying to get to an emergency on 101 north - needing to go to Nipomo to turn around first. The traffic study compiled to research the closures looked at a handful of intersections in 15 minute intervals. The emergency study did not adequately examine the impact that these closures will have on our system of roads. The CEQA laws were passed to stop government and developers from this type of shotgun decision making. Laetitia was right to ask the court to examine why CEQA was not followed.

El Campo is a very important road to people living on the Mesa. It is an outlet in the event of an emergency. For about 19 or 20 hours of each day, it is perfectly fine to make a left hand out of there. Most of all, it is part of our emergency evacuation route. I am shocked that the village of Arroyo Grande did not vote to block the closure. All of the El Campo traffic will now be funneled onto the most congested roads in the village - around the Highschool and around the Hospital.

Moreover, locals know that the Brisco entrance to 101 North is about to be rebuilt. That will shut down that 101 north entrance during construction, putting all of the mesa traffic to Grand Ave. It is going to be a nightmare.

My hope for the community is that SLOCOG will make a commitment now to fast track an overpass near el campo within the next 5 years. To shut down this access with no plan in sight to remedy the impact to our system of roads is bad governance and poor planning. Our citizens should expect more.

If you agree that an overpass is a good option - please sign the petition. https://www.change.org/p/county-of-san-lui…

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Posted by Victor Lund on 05/16/2019 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Fatal accident spurs study of potential closure of El Campo Road intersection

For those who want to support putting in a safe crossing - here is the petition - http://chng.it/Fsy6b7Pd2d

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Posted by Victor Lund on 12/14/2018 at 10:58 AM

Re: “What should be done with the El Campo intersection on Highway 101 in South SLO County?

What about the option to have a two lane overpass and proper access to 101 north and south?

Its horrible that you did not include that option in your survey.

South County Residents Organize Petition to fix El Campo 101 Crossing
Safety and congestion concerns supr action

Arroyo Grande, CA December 10th, 2018 A group of San Luis Obispo South County residents launched a petition today on Change.org to get signatures supporting a proper two-lane overcrossing to replace the current crossing at El Campo road at Highway 101 at a location mile south of the current crossing. The petition can be found at http://chng.it/Fsy6b7Pd2d.

A 2000 study performed by the stakeholders identified a two-lane overpass mile south of the current El Campo crossing as a potential solution to the problem. Since 2000, Caltrans has not prioritized this overcrossing in their budget. Caltrans District 5 representative Aileen Loe, who sits on the SLOCOG board, indicated that Caltrans is in a position to do what the community believes is the best course of action. Hence, the petition by local residents.

Arroyo Grande Council Member Tim Brown acknowledged at the SLOCOG meeting that this intersection has been a recognized safety problem for many years, but there has not been any funding for the project, expected to cost about $40 Million. Typically, Caltrans seeks funding from local area developments to pay for projects like this.

Numerous South County residents provided statements at the SLOCOG meeting in support of the study to find the best way to improve safety at the intersection. Residents cited problems with the current system of roads that would be significantly impacted if the currently crossing is closed, including the removal of established fire roads and evacuation routes, impacts to traffic around Arroyo Grande Highschool, impacts to traffic around Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, and impacts to current Brisco and Grande Avenue exits.

South County residents have drafted a briefing document for the stakeholders that acknowledge four ideas for the stakeholders to consider. A copy of the briefing document is attached to this release

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Posted by Victor Lund on 12/14/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Fatal accident spurs study of potential closure of El Campo Road intersection

El campo is a mayor part of our system of roads in south county and a significant emergency route for fire and other evacuation routes. The solution outlined in the 2000 study and subsequent studies indicated that the best soulution is a proper 2 lane overpass 1/4 mile to the south of the existing crossing that will support a safe northbound and southbound route. Any effort to close or partially close the current crossing would impose additional congestion and safety issues around the AG Highschool, AG Community Hospital, Los Berros Road, Halcyon Road, Valley Road, Traffic Way, Grand Ave, and the already overburdened 101 exchanges at Grand, Fair Oaks, and Brisco.

It needs to be fixed properly with a safe interchange.

Posted by Victor Lund on 12/14/2018 at 10:09 AM

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