Going east on Highway 180, the right turn onto South Newmark Avenue was safe with a natural water runoff.
Enter Caltrans to convert 180 to a four-lane expressway. It rebuilt bridges; raised and lowered roads; dug drainage ditches on both sides, which now flood the neighbors’ drive during heavy rains; placed lightweight reflector posts where 180 and Newmark intersect; and ended up leaving a triangular space between the bridge fence, drainage ditch and reflector posts with no right-turn pocket, arrow or street sign!
Friends missed the turn, turned too soon or had to back up to go around the posts. Everyone said, “That’s a dangerous, confusing turn!”
I called Caltrans; The first person placed cones along 180. Cones were stolen. I called again. Caltrans placed posts with reflectors at 23-foot intervals. Continued calling, two and three people at a time came out, discussed, agreed with me and did nothing. It’s been 18 months since my first call. Nothing else has been done.
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I’m disgusted, disappointed and angry that we are stuck with this dangerous, inconvenient turn-off with its ugly, weed-infested, incompetent drainage ditches.
The engineer who designed and signed off on this project should be fired. Tax dollars were wasted here.
L.F. Magnone, Sanger