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Caltrans to discuss State Route 25 curve restoration project

State transportation agency to get feedback from residents at community input meeting on Monday, March 18.
State Route 25 near the collapsed reroute. Photo by John Chadwell.
The reroute not long after the collapse in 2016. Photo by John Chadwell.
Photo by John Chadwell.

Caltrans is anticipated to meet with San Benito County District 4 constituents in Tres Pinos on Monday, March 18 to discuss the State Route 25 South County Curve Correction project.

"Caltrans will be there to talk about the history of the South 25 curve correction as well as what the future holds and get feedback from concerned folks," said Supervisor Jim Gillio, who hosts the community input meetings for his district once a month.

The state transportation agency has plans to repair a rerouted portion of State Route 25 that collapsed in 2016. The agency expects the new work to be completed by the end of 2022.

The State Route 25 Curve Restoration Project has an estimated cost of $9.5 million and is funded through the State Highway Operations and Protection Program.

This is the second attempt to remove a dangerous curve in Highway 25 in South County. Caltrans previously contracted out work to remove the curve and cut through a hill turned to San Luis Obispo-based John Madonna Company for $2.1 million. Work was completed in 2015, but after three months both sides of the road collapsed from winter storms. That forced the highway to be rerouted back to its previous alignment. The straighter route has been closed since.

In addition to the State Route 25 discussion, the community input meeting will also be open for constituents to discuss the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting agenda and other topics related to District 4. County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa, Resource Management Agency Director John Guertin, and Jason Derosa from the roads department are expected to attend, Gillio said.

The 3/18 community input meeting is expected to run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Inn at Tres Pinos Private Guest House (back room behind the restaurant). 


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I would like to be at this important meeting, but I am scheduled to be at the City Council meeting when the closed session starts at 6 p.m. and I can't be late; therefore, I have asked my Supervisor, Jim Gillio, to speak on my behalf.  Also, thanks to him for this meeting.

It is my personal preference that State Route 25 South County Curve Correction project focus on improving the safety of the curve, rather than eliminating it with a cut through.  When there is heavy traffic in the area due to the Pinnacles, the curve is not a serious safety hazard because everyone's speed is reduced.  When there is light traffic, eliminating the curve will only encourage people to use the straight road as a speedway to top-out their vehicle.

A better improvement project would be to get the right slope on the cure, add barriers and rumble-strips , especially to prevent cross-overs into oncoming lanes, and add extra warning signage that a slow curve with strips is approaching.  Unlike the 156-25 interchange this is not a cross-traffic problem, it is a speed and control problem, especially for motorcycles.

I do not want anyone hurt and that goes triple for innocent parties who are obeying the laws and driving with caution.  This portion of the road invites abuse when traffic is light, let's not make it worse by designing a speedway.


Marty Richman, Hollister City Council District 4

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