A much-debated beautification plan for Leucadia’s portion of Coast Highway 101 may compromise fire truck access, said one resident who has been a firefighter in the Los Angeles area for two decades.
“To me, it looks very problematic,” Los Angeles fire Engineer David Smith said Thursday.
Smith, who lives on Leucadia’s El Portal Street, has been going door to door collecting signatures from dozens of people who support his position.
His goal, he said, is to eliminate one of the proposed beautification options, arguing that it doesn’t meet city width standards for major roads and will increase firefighters’ response times to emergency calls.
The city’s fire chief disagrees.
Chief Mark Muir said Thursday that the Encinitas Fire Department has reviewed the various beautification options put forward by project planners and deemed them acceptable.
Option 4D — the one Smith would like eliminated —- is the project proponents’ preferred choice for the two-mile stretch between A Street and La Costa Avenue.
It calls for leaving the two southbound lanes, but removing one of the two northbound lanes.
The extra space would allow the addition of traffic roundabouts, more streetside parking, better pedestrian walkways and widened bike lanes.
The problem is that it doesn’t provide a 24-foot-wide northbound road area as required under Encinitas codes, Smith said.
Muir confirmed that the road width would be 4 feet less than the city’s ideal, but said the proposed 20-foot-wide stretch, which includes an 8-foot-wide bike lane, would meet state standards. Continue reading ENCINITAS: Firefighter says Leucadia streetscape plan isn’t fire-truck friendly