The City of Coronado has pursued talks on the relinquishment of SR 282 and SR 75, and it looks like those will be coming to a successful close in the near future. What changes in the Orange Avenue corridor do you see as viable given local control of the environment?
The biggest change that I anticipate for the Orange Avenue corridor as a result of relinquishment is a much higher level of road maintenance. There will no longer be massive pot holes on Orange Avenue or terrible stretches of roadway on Third of Fourth streets upon the City of Coronado taking responsibility of those streets.
There will also be the possibility of other improvements like “bulb-outs” where intersections are narrowed to create a shorter distance for pedestrians to have to cross in crosswalks. Bulb-outs also slow traffic down because the narrowing of intersections causes drivers to have to proceed more cautiously through those narrow openings. In the past, bulb-outs along Third and Fourth Streets have needed CALTRANS approvals. CALTRANS often shrunk the size of bulb-outs, negating their usefulness. The City of Coronado installed a fully functional bulb-out at the intersection at Second Street/Orange Avenue. CALTRANS did not own that stretch of roadway, so Coronado didn’t need CALTRANS approval to put in that fully sized bulb-out. I recommend emailing your Councilmembers to tell them if you like or dislike the bulb-out at Second/Orange. It is a traffic control device we could add more of in the future, or we could avoid them if we were to receive a significant amount of negative feedback.
A project I would like to see the City consider in the future is a “Plumeria Project.” When I drive down Orange Avenue and onto the Silver Strand Highway, I have found myself wanting to see plumerias planted in the small areas between the Southbound/Northbound roadways where there are currently just weeds growing. Plumerias are drought-tolerant and require very little maintenance. They also grow at a fairly slow rate and will not become something big overnight. They are easy to prune and their cuttings would be easy to replant, year after year. Best of all, their flowers can be terrifically fragrant. I would love to see a Coronado in 10-20 years that has sweet smelling plumerias gracefully greeting drivers of the Silver Strand. With relinquishment, there will be a new source of funds to consider, if a plumeria project were something that the Council wished to discuss, in future years.