How can these things work in our liberal area? No Left Turns, only turn right?
The agency says the Holman Highway roundabout project will be built to relieve congestion near Holman Highway and Highway 1 while also improving access to Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. The project is a public-private partnership between the city of Monterey, Pebble Beach Co., TAMC, Monterey County, Caltrans and the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District.
The roundabout works like this – once you enter, you yield to oncoming traffic and you can only go right. TAMC officials said the one way turns make it safer than drivers trying to turn left against oncoming traffic.
First if you see oncoming traffic in the roundabout you are going the wrong way. Second you yield to traffic that is in the roundabout when you are entering the loopy thing.
Here’s a video clip of what possibly could be a TAMC official in a Marina roundabout
Common sense solutions go by the wayside as planners think up more ways to win the war on cars.
Are there improvements we can look forward too? Yes there are, but the stakeholders have to come together and agree what’s best for the community of Monterey in this mecca of tourism.
Planners with the City of Monterey have been working on this issue for over 10 years. 9-11 was the beginning of the mega traffic issues after access across the Presidio was cut off. That left Lighthouse Avenue and the Holman Highway as the only funnel points off the peninsula.
Progress is slow on the Lighthouse avenue corridor. Since 2010, planners have been presenting ideas in workshops to make Lighthouse Avenue one way and Foam Street one way in the opposite direction. Planners have also proposed more plans for mass transit, bicycles and pedestrians and down played vehicles.