CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
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CALTRANS FAILING TO DELIVER ON SR-94 IMPROVEMENTS
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and other community leaders today (6/30/17) protested Caltrans’ failure to complete critical improvements on state Route 94 near the Hollywood Casino in Jamul.
CHP statistics show the rural, two-lane highway has become significantly more dangerous since the opening of the giant gaming hall last October.
From early October through May, an eight-month period, the number of traffic collisions on this state road exceeded what it typically sees over an entire year.
“Caltrans needs to do its job and complete road improvements it had promised in anticipation of the casino,” Supervisor Jacob said. “The agency is shirking its responsibilities and motorists are paying the price.”
Jacob made her remarks at a community gathering in Jamul, joined by Steele Canyon High School Principal Don Hohimer and Glenn Revell, president of the Jamul Action Committee and a retired Sheriff’s Dept. commander.
The supervisor and others warned last summer the casino would make the backcountry highway even more dangerous to drive. They asked Caltrans to delay the Hollywood debut until all the road work was done.
State officials allowed the business to open anyway.
In a letter (see attachment) sent today to local Caltrans Director Laurie Berman, Jacob again called on the agency to block access to the casino until additional traffic signals and other safety measures are in place.
“More than ever, recent traffic statistics underscore the need for swift action,” Jacob wrote.
The California Highway Patrol reports there were 99 collisions on rural SR-94 from early October to the end of last month. From 2011 to 2015, the same road averaged 92 collisions a year.
Thirty-nine of the collisions from October to May involved injuries. That exceeded the annual average of 38.
In a separate letter (see attachment) today to Jennifer Hill, regional director with the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, Supervisor Jacob criticized the agency for allowing the casino to operate with an interim liquor license, despite the added public safety risks.