Prado Road to be on November ballot in San Luis Obispo
July 21, 2010
San Luis Obispo voters will decide the future direction of the proposed Prado Road extension in November. [Tribune]
In a post-midnight vote, the City Council agreed unanimously to put the new initiative on the November ballot. The council decision came after supporters gathered thousands of signatures from city residents.
However, council members also expressed their reservations against the initiative, arguing that it would undo years of planning. Earlier in the week, the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce also came out against the measure.
Current plans call for Prado Road to be extended to Broad Street, between Industrial and Capitolio, just north of the popular Damon-Garcia Sports Fields. City officials have long viewed the new road as the major East-West connector in San Luis Obispo.
However, initiative supporters are concerned about increased traffic so close to playing fields, as well as health risks from idling trucks. They prefer Prado be realigned so that the extension stops short of the playing fields and brings traffic down to Tank Farm Road.
Under their plan, Buckley Road would become the main East-West connecting route and traffic would be fed directly on to Los Osos Valley Road.