I am a 38-year resident of Santa Margarita. My children were born in Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, lived here their whole lives and attended Santa Margarita Elementary. I am an owner of a small construction business, but I am opposed to the traffic that will be created by the operation of the new quarry, as well as the noise and dust.
The impact of numerous trucks on one particular section of highway would be severe, affecting schoolchildren, buses and parents attempting to drop off or retrieve their children. The railroad crossing is one more obstacle with the potential of creating another danger directly adjacent to a school containing our youngest citizens.
Quarries are necessary, but this one has a challenge: moving their product in a safe, nondisruptive manner. The route they have proposed is wrong and would permanently alter the character of a town, which is just now attempting to attract more visitors.
On El Camino Real before entering Highway 58 there is a yellow state highway sign stating, “TRACTOR-SEMIS OVER 30 FEET KINGPIN TO AXLE NOT ADVISED.”
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Considering this as well, I feel allowing this project to continue as planned would be a serious mistake, one that would be hard to rectify.