JAMUL CURVES AND IMPROVEMENTS

 

Jamul had it’s share of treacherous roads and one of the worst was called the “Goat Lady’s Curve”,  west of downtown Jamul.  This short stretch of road claimed it’s share of accident victims before it was straightened and widened.

It was poorly engineered in its original design, even for the few slow moving vehicles of early days (it followed an ancient cow path that once wandered through Jamul).  Stan Biggs in Feb 11, 1981 issue of Back Country Trader wrote regarding this stretch of road “Perhaps just the installation of a double yellow line through the most hazardous areas would protect the lives of a few motorists - at least it would be an act of good faith at a small budget expenditure.  (The present travel way is so narrow it will probably not accommodate a second painted line without widening.)  But don’t count on Caltrans to do anything to help us, folks.  If you travel Highway 94 just remember to pray.”   Maybe that is where the bumper sticker started “Pray for me, I drive Highway 94”.

During this time money was not being allocated for Highway 94.  It all went to the San Diego freeway system and only promises were given to Highway 94 residents.  Maybe that is why the old timers are upset that we cannot get better roads now while the money is available.  Certainly we have all paid our share of taxes to get better and safer roads.

In 1983,  Caltrans opened bids for Highway 94 for widening, realignment and channelization work to be done on two safety projects.  One of the project was at Lyons Valley Road on SR94  in Jamul.   Prior to this improvement it was a real bottleneck for people turning onto Lyons Valley Road.  The bid included a left-hand pocket on Highway 94 and .2 mile roadway widening west that included the “Goat Lady’s Curve”.   This project broadened the intersection to 52 feet that included both east and west shoulders.  This turned out to be a major project as there were a lot of large rocks to blast west of Lyons Valley Road.  They would set a blast and traffic would have to wait one-half hour and sometimes longer to get through.  Seems it took a very long time to finish this project, but it solved two  safety  problem, one for the cars turning left onto Lyons Valley Road and most importantly it made the “S”  curves wider, straighter and much safer.   The cost of this project was estimated at $225,000.  This estimated cost would hardly cover the cost of the environmental reports today.

Again in 1988 Caltrans put out another bid for what is called “Chiropractor or Killer Curve” and it took about 3 years to finish.  It was just before Steel Canyon Road going east from Star Acre Lane to Rancho Miguel Road.  Some houses had to be torn down and a complete new alignment was constructed, so traffic was not impacted much during construction.  The residents backed this project in most cases because of the high number of deaths that had occurred.  They recognized it was needed for safety purposes.  Here again it was only a short stretch of highway, but imagine how many lives it has saved over the years. 

These were all improvements that were backed and encouraged by Highway 94 Club.  We continue to support all safety improvements on Highway 94. 

 

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