Jamul residents concerned over Caltrans project
Caltrans says safety measures are in place
Last Updated: 36 days ago
JAMUL, Calif. - Some drivers say a Caltrans project in the East County is causing a dangerous situation.
The concern comes specifically from a stretch of state Route 94 where more than 16,000 vehicles travel every day, according to Caltrans records.
It is also where you can currently see large illuminated signs put up by Caltrans, warning drivers of roadwork through the end of the year.
Several residents emailed 10News with their concerns after a head-on crash in Jamul Sunday night. It occurred two miles east of SR-94 on Otay Lakes Road. One man was killed and another was injured in the crash.
The California Highway Patrol says alcohol was a factor in that crash but some say even sober, the road is difficult to maneuver.
"With the road repaving, I've seen three of the very same incidents happening here," said Marcia Spurgeon, a concerned Jamul resident.
"The cars coming down and moving over (are in) what should have been a turn only lane," she said while referencing a stretch of SR-94 at Lyons Valley Road.
Spurgeon is a 35-year Jamul resident who has a real estate office at the corner of where she says three near-miss crashes have occurred this week alone.
While she says the Caltrans roadwork is well-done and appreciated, she is concerned for drivers.
10News took a test drive and found a stretch near Lyons Valley Road is hard to navigate, since it is lacking painted turning arrows that residents say were there before Caltrans' resurfacing project.
"They've actually put little tabs in the road but the visibility makes it very difficult," Spurgeon added. "It looks more like it's a lane."
10News contacted Caltrans to get some answers. Caltrans media relations officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson told 10News in a prepared statement, "Caltrans is on record as saying we could have done a better public outreach effort in advance of the roadwork, but with that stated, reviews of the construction zones during the past two days show that all the required warning signs, lane markers and orange cones/candlesticks are in place. We will continue to monitor the work zones for safety."
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