Road barriers making East County drivers nauseated

Posted at 10:10 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 08:34:21-04

LAKESIDE, Calif. (KGTV) -- While many drivers say a new Caltrans project in the East County is making SR-67 safer, some say it's literally making them sick to their stomach.

Long considered one of the most dangerous roads in San Diego County, Caltrans is currently working on a $7 million project to improve safety between Lakeside and Ramona.  A key part of the project is the installation of flexible posts called "channelizers" in the median.  

Channelizers are bright yellow so they can be easily seen, helping prevent cars from drifting across the center into oncoming traffic.

"I think it'll save lives. I really do," Andy Jones tells 10News. Jones regularly drives the 67 for work.

However, since the channelizers began being installed over the last few weeks, there have been a handful of reports of drivers becoming queasy.  One man told 10News the way the light reflects off the channelizers at night makes him feel nauseated.  The Ramona Sentinel reports that two people have called the Ramona Planning Board with similar complaints.

Driver Donna Gines says the channelizers make her feel safer on her regular drives from Rancho Bernardo to Barona, but she can understand whey they could make some people feel ill.

"Some people don't react well to reflectors," she said. "It's kind of like a strobe light, maybe? And maybe it does make them dizzy."

Caltrans tells 10News they have not received any direct complaints. However, after 10News raised the concern, Caltrans decided to do a review of how the channelizers are functioning.  

They plan to send crews at different times of day to see if any changes need to be made.