Highway 1 Studies & Issues
Highway 1 Safety & Mobility Studies
During 2009-2012 San Mateo County conducted a two-phase public participatory planning effort to develop conceptual plans to improve Highway 1 safety and mobility between Half Moon Bay and Devil’s Slide.
Action Plan for both phases
Midcoast Parking Study
The Action Plan for implementation of the Highway 1 Safety & Mobility Studies calls for a parking study to be completed before more detail planning of beach and trailhead parking lots in the Midcoast, with the goal of sharing and limiting the number of new parking lots. Participating in the 2013 study are representatives from San Mateo County, GGNRA, State Parks, CalTrans, and MCC.
Highway 1 street lighting issues
In 2012 Supervisor Horsley exchanged letters with Caltrans asking for improved street lighting along Highway 1 in downtown Moss Beach, for pedestrian safety reasons (4/26, 5/16, 7/16, 9/20). In June 2012 the MCC did a Moss Beach Hwy 1 lighting survey which revealed about half the lights were burned out. MCC reported this to Dept of Public Works (DPW) and bulbs were replaced. DPW does not check street lights, but depends on residents to report outages.
In December 2012 MCC did further investigating and reported to DPW that 4 out of 5 Hwy 1 street lights at 1st and 2nd Streets in Montara were not working. All 6 metal-pole Caltrans street lights at 7th, 8th and 9th Streets were also reported as not working.
Midcoast Rural PDA designation abandoned -
The controversial Rural Priority Development Area designation for the Midcoast was applied for in 2012 as a way to receive priority transportation funding from ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments). Due to community objections the idea was abandoned and replaced by 5 Rural Community Investment Areas (RCIA). Read more.
Highway 1 Projects
Midcoast crossings, left-turn lanes, medians.
Detail design planning will be getting underway in 2013. This planning process, including environmental studies, is funded by a County Transportation Authority Measure A grant, and will take approximately 18-24 months. A joint County/MCC committee will plan the public outreach and meetings for this process.
Highway 1 Parallel Trail
The Parallel Trail has long been envisioned as an east-of-highway multi-use transportation trail connecting the Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay. In 2013 the County will apply for two funding opportunities for design and environmental studies (everything up to, but not including, construction) for two separate segments of the trail:
Devil's Slide Tunnel
Devil's Slide Coast website welcomes the opening of the tunnel in March 2013. The former Devil’s Slide roadway will be converted into a multi-modal segment of the California Coastal Trail, managed by County Parks, expected to open by March 2014.
Bike/Ped Crossing: Bus stops and trail connectors require a bike/pedestrian crossing south of the tunnel portal. After much discussion about safety and alternatives, Caltrans moved forward with an at-grade crossing with an on-demand pedestrian crossing signal.
Lighthouse area left-turn lanes
In fall 2012, CalTrans installed left-turn lanes at the lighthouse, 16th and Carlos Streets. The project was a surprise to the County and Midcoast community. It did not have a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) and did not follow the design concepts of the Highway 1 Safety/Mobility Study. The south-bound left-turn lane into little-used 16th St was created by widening pavement, increasing pedestrian crossing difficulty without providing a crossing or refuge island, and by moving the west-side fog line, reducing by half the bike/ped access along the highway over the ravine which is the only access between Moss Beach and Montara.