Letters to the Editor

Not buying the Highway 1 toll road fantasy

Bret Haney, construction inspector with Caltrans, looks at the south side of the Mud Creek Slide on Highway 1.
Bret Haney, construction inspector with Caltrans, looks at the south side of the Mud Creek Slide on Highway 1. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

I don’t get the toll road on Highway 1 fantasy. Why would anyone pay to travel a road that calls for absolute attention to driving for all its twists and turns, potholes and road hazards? Twenty dollars would keep most casual users off the road. Anyone wanting the experience of driving through Big Sur for the first time better be a passenger.

Instead of maintaining the existing crumbling roadway, throwing millions at repair each year, why not give California the roadway of the future? My fantasy would be an elevated roadway — like a monorail — anchored to bedrock, immune to landslides and most earth movement. It could have new technology that would make it autonomous for the driver, maybe even a car mover so you can turn your engine off.

Then, if you want to charge $20 for a hands-free experience, it would be worth it.

David Deick, Atascadero

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