By Wayne Dernetz
Prop J’s changes to Camino del Mar will improve our traffic flow. Engineers calculate the current flow capacity of existing Camino del Mar at 15,500 average daily trips. Current flow rates are 17,000 to 18,000 ADTs. The present configuration of Camino del Mar is already broken. That’s why Camino is congested. The two-lane and roundabouts plan will increase its capacity to 25,000 ADT. These changes will fix what’s broken.
Moreover, the Village Specific Plan will require the City to monitor traffic volumes along Luneta, Stratford, Crest and other streets. The City will also set aside $100,000 to construct traffic control devices to stem any increase in traffic off Camino del Mar along these side streets.
But engineers do not expect traffic to seek these alternate routes because replacing the 9th Street traffic signal and the 11th and 13th stop signs with roundabouts will increase Camino del Mar’s flow capacity, reducing travel times. An actual travel time survey conducted by the City shows, if traffic is allowed to flow smoothly without stopping from Del Mar Heights Road to 15th Street, the quickest travel time is on Camino del Mar, not Luneta, not Stratford, and not Crest. Prop J will decrease, not increase, traffic flows along Luneta, Stratford, and Crest. These are the facts based on actual studies, not speculation.