MORONGO BASIN MAC UNOFFICIALLY GREENLIGHTS JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLAN

MORONGO BASIN MAC UNOFFICIALLY GREENLIGHTS JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLAN

Representatives from Caltrans attended an informal meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council last night to discuss three separate efforts to make Highway 62 safer; two in Joshua Tree and one in Morongo Valley. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report…
If you ride a bike, don’t appreciate fast cars or like to hang out in downtown Joshua Tree, there was some good news at last night’s informal gathering of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council.
A Caltrans plan to slow traffic through the business district by narrowing Highway 62 got a green light. That fete will be accomplished, a spokesman said, by carving out a dedicated bike lane and restriping parking lanes from parallel to diagonal. Though the approval was unofficial, it was enough to prompt a promise by the state transportation agency to return next month with a more formal plan.
Already formalized, is a $4.7 million project to add left-turn lanes from just west of Torres Avenue to just east of Lee Drive with work slated to begin in April.
Still in the future: a center median project along the highway in Morongo Valley.

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4 comments to MORONGO BASIN MAC UNOFFICIALLY GREENLIGHTS JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLAN

  • Finn

    An interesting comp for downtown Joshua Tree would be Lone Pine Ca. Both are tourist driven towns situated on main highways. Lone Pine has a speed limit of 25 and it is enforced. I wonder how many pedestrians get the chop in that that town Vs. Joshua Tree? Granted, we seem to have a more at risk population with the inebriated local talent, but the towns are similar. Probably worth a look.

  • oc4boxer

    25mph through Lone Pine is far too slow for a relatively busy state highway like 395. It’s too slow for JT/62 too.

  • I talked to the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Lone Pine. The Lone Pine comparison to Joshua Tree is accurate because both communities have about half a mile of developed downtown bisected by a busy highway. Yes – the speed limit is 25 mph but most traffic goes through at 35-40 mph (typical). It took several safety studies and recommendations of remedy from the University of California/Berkeley to have CalTrans do the right thing and adopt some of the remedies. For Joshua Tree: Caltrans plans to take the traffic speed surveys AFTER their painted remedies (ten-fifteen miles per hour reduction expected).

  • Finn

    “25mph through Lone Pine is far too slow for a relatively busy state highway like 395. It’s too slow for JT/62 too.”

    Yeah… that 3/4 of a mile long downtown is really harshing your travel time @ 25mph. Joshua Tree is something like a 1/2 mile long downtown. Just leave 13 seconds earlier and it will all even out in the end minus a couple of dead bodies.

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