State Route 68 is a designated scenic route that connects the Monterey Peninsula to US Highway 101 and the Salinas Valley. SR 68 is a key route commute travel between Salinas and Monterey for 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles each day, as well as tourism and special event traffic. The Monterey-Salinas Scenic Highway 68 Plan will evaluate current and future travel patterns between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula, the feasibility of affordable mid-term operational and capacity improvements in the SR 68 corridor in context to other planning regional improvements serving the same commute market, and the potential for wildlife connectivity enhancements.
Benefits of Concept 1 in comparison to other Concepts:
- Improvements to traffic flow;
- Significant reduction in traffic accidents and improved traffic safety;
- Reduction in local and regional ground-level air pollution;
- Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions;
- Reduction in energy demand; and
- Improvements to wildlife connectivity and reductions in wildlife fatality and vehicle related accidents.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
- LandWatch Supports Roundabout Concept (505K PDF)
LandWatch supports Concept 1 which proposes roundabouts that will reduce congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce traffic accidents. (08.21.17)
- Highway 68 Forum
Join LandWatch and the Transportation Agency of Monterey County for a special public forum on how to improve Highway 68. The forum is scheduled for 5:30 — 8:00 PM at San Benancio Middle School (Multi-Purpose Room, 43 San Benancio Road, Salinas, CA 93908). (07.17.17)
- Roundabouts Needed on Monterey-Salinas Highway
This OpEd by Matthew Sundt outlines why roundabouts are a better solution for our intersections than the standard signalized (or non-signalized) intersections. Statistics show they reduce fatal impacts by 90%. (06.10.17)