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SLO to study Prado Road/Highway 101 interchange

The The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday approved a study for improvements to the Prado Road and Highway 101 interchange.
The The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday approved a study for improvements to the Prado Road and Highway 101 interchange. Google Maps

The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday approved a study for improvements to the Prado Road and Highway 101 interchange.

The city’s share of the $380,000 study would be $25,000, and the city would be reimbursed by developer Gary Grossman’s Coastal Community Builders.

The interchange improvements would be done in concert with Grossman’s proposed San Luis Ranch development project, which would include about 500 homes and 350,000 square feet of commercial space on 131 acres between Madonna Road and Highway 101.

In a unanimous decision, the council approved an agreement with Caltrans for the study, with most of the $380,000 cost covered by the state, Community Development Director Michael Codron said. In addition to looking at interchange improvements, the study will examine the possibility of building an overpass, according to a staff report.

The interchange study will be separate from an environmental analysis, which is underway. The city and state expect the project to have significant impacts to traffic on Highway 101.

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