A special meeting will be hosted by the Midcoast Community Council tonight to present an updated draft of the Midcoast Highway 1 Action Plan. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Granada Sanitary District Meeting Room at 504 Avenue Alhambra and is open to the public.
The goal of the meeting is to settle on the council’s next steps in pushing the plan forward, including a final discussion and sending approved feedback to the county.
Efforts are underway to consolidate community and council comments regarding the Highway 1 Safety and Mobility Studies that will improve the stretch of road, addressing the needs of each individual community. Phase 2 of the study examines Half Moon Bay Airport north to Devil’s Slide tunnels.
Issues are varied. As an example, some people request a left turn lane and crossing improvements at Gray Whale Cove parking lot. Others suggest medians be installed at Moss Beach. Some are calling for a roundabout in Montara.
Council member Len Erickson has devised a vertically oriented table for the revised draft that breaks down the plan and allows for comment space below each point.
The new format allows issues in all communities to be more readily addressed, he said.
“It makes the topic easier to have a conversation about,” said council secretary Lisa Ketcham. “There are different problems and different solutions, depending on (where) you’re talking about.”
Council members expect comments to be finalized by August. Once approved, they will be forwarded to the county for review and put into a final action plan draft.
The council reports that the county is scheduled to take the study and action plan to the Board of Supervisors in October for approval before the council’s action plan can be executed.