Virtual Public Meeting on October 12, 2021 to Discuss the State Route 227 Corridor Traffic Study
Author: Public Works
10/5/2021 4:57:06 PM
San Luis Obispo, CA (October 5, 2021) – The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works (County), San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are working together to develop solutions to the growing congestion on State Route 227 and the local roads between San Luis Obispo’s city limits and Price Canyon Road.
As an alternative to U.S. Highway 101, the future role and functionality of State Route 227 has been a key policy issue for all three partners. Please see map for location .
Congestion and safety issues have long been raised by residents and motorists who regularly use the route between the City of San Luis Obispo and the Five Cities areas. To address these concerns, the project team commissioned a corridor-wide traffic study to assess the congestion and safety benefits of various project alternatives at high-priority intersections along the corridor, including: Farmhouse Lane, Buckley Road, Crestmont Drive, Los Ranchos Road, and Biddle Ranch Road. The 2021 State Route 227 Corridor Traffic Study is posted on the County’s project webpage and available for the public to view. The team is hosting a virtual public meeting via Zoom on October 12, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to share findings and answer questions. To register for the event, go to: bit.ly/227PublicMtg2021.
The webinar-style presentation will delve into the study’s recommendations for these five intersections along the corridor, which will be implemented in a phased approach, as funding becomes available. The State Route 227 at Los Ranchos Road Intersection Operational Improvement Project will be the first phase implemented. Funding for this intersection improvement will be included as part of SLOCOG’s 2022 Project Funding Recommendations, which will go to the SLOCOG Board of Directors for a vote on December 1, 2021.
"Balancing the needs for improving commuter traffic, visitor traffic, and goods movement with the needs of residential communities along the corridor—while also prioritizing safety, current funding availability, and future investments for maintenance—all play a big part in developing solutions for the corridor," said SLO County District 3 Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg. “We are excited to share the results of our study and get the State Route 227 and Los Ranchos Road Intersection Operational Improvements Project underway!”
About San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an association of local governments in the San Luis Obispo County Region. Its members include all 7 cities (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) as well as unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The central purpose of SLOCOG is to examine common regional problems and suggest solutions. SLOCOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, SLOCOG plans and provides funding for public transit services, highway and roadway improvements, and other alternative methods of transportation.
About Caltrans District 5
Caltrans statewide manages more than 50,000 miles of California's highway and freeway lanes, provides intercity rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission with six primary programs: Aeronautics, Highway Transportation, Mass Transportation, Transportation Planning, Administration, and the Equipment Service Center. Caltrans District 5 is made up of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Caltrans’ Strategic Plan indicates the agency’s Vision is “A brighter future for all through a world-class transportation network.” and Mission is “Provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people and respects the environment.”
About San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department
The Public Works Department provides public services related to the safe and efficient movement of traffic on the 1,350 miles of County maintained roadways and the sustainable delivery of safe and reliable water resources for all areas of the County. Accomplishing this mission includes: engineering and surveying review of proposed land development; administration and operation of various water and waste water wholesale and retail facilities, including the Nacimiento Water Supply and Los Osos Waste Water projects; long term master water planning; franchise administration for the unincorporated areas; facility planning, design and construction management of all County building projects; maintenance and custodial services for all County occupied facilities. Through its many areas of responsibility, Public Works strives to be a valued community partner enhancing quality of life for our fellow County residents.