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Plans are underway to decommission SR 75 ... possibly for the entire route, and maybe this includes the Coronado Bay Bridge itself (this would be hard to believe but I guess could be possible)? This article is an op-ed, so I don't know how accurate any of it is. But the notion of removing this route from the state highway system is something I'd not expected to see. The Caltrans District 11 route concept plan actually mentions decommissioning SR 75 for much if not all of its length.

http://ecoronado.com/news/2015/12/30/44942/

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Imperial Beach is planning conversion of its portion of the (SR75) state highway to a city street. The City of San Diego is in process of relinquishment for their section of SR75 on the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge as well. According to Assemblyperson Toni Atkins staffer, Deanna Spehn, “Coronado is not interested in taking back its section of the state highway.” Astonishingly, “Caltrans wants to give the entire State Highway 75 back to the cities,” Cathryne Bruce Johnson, from Caltrans District 11, reported the same.

So what is the hold up with Coronado?

Bridge maintenance and other costs fears have paralyzed Coronado elected city leaders.

Here's the Caltrans corridor report for SR 75, which mentions route elimination (relinquishment in Caltrans parlance) on page 6 and 10 from Postmiles 8.9 to 22.3: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/departments/planning/pdfs/tcs/09_SR_75TCS.pdf

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Caltrans strongly encourages the City of Imperial (Beach) to ascertain at an early stage if any portions of this project will require relinquishment of SR-75 so that the City may begin consultations with the City of San Diego and the City of Coronado for acceptance of portions of the route that may fall within their jurisdiction and require relinquishment as well.
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Re: SR 75 Decommissioning in San Diego, Imperial Beach, and Coronado?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2016, 07:48:18 AM »

What about the freeway section of CA 75? Would that still be maintained by Caltrans, or would the city take over maintenance there?
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Re: SR 75 Decommissioning in San Diego, Imperial Beach, and Coronado?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2016, 08:57:35 AM »

What about CA 282?  will that just be a little stub?  Maybe CA 75 can take over CA 282 instead of turning south.
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Re: SR 75 Decommissioning in San Diego, Imperial Beach, and Coronado?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2016, 02:24:14 PM »

Most of CA-75 and CA-282 should absolutely be decomissioned.  The CA-75 bridge should retain state control with a state highway number.
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Re: SR 75 Decommissioning in San Diego, Imperial Beach, and Coronado?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2016, 11:23:41 PM »

Buck-passing on a grand scale is not going to do the road network any favors. 

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Re: SR 75 Decommissioning in San Diego, Imperial Beach, and Coronado?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2016, 12:09:41 AM »

What about CA 282?  will that just be a little stub?  Maybe CA 75 can take over CA 282 instead of turning south.

Or vice versa.  Have Route 282 go from NAS North Island via the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to I-5.
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Re: SR 75 Decommissioning in San Diego, Imperial Beach, and Coronado?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2016, 12:57:03 AM »

Recent article from San Diego Reader on CA 75: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/mar/21/stringers-coronado-says-caltrans-can-keep-sr-75/

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On March 15, the Coronado City Council took up the topic of AB 2075, a bill that seeks to relinquish State Route 75 to the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, and San Diego, allowing more local control of streets.

SR-75 begins on the Coronado bridge, which has a posted speed limit of 50 miles per hour. The thoroughfare pours onto Coronado's Fourth Street, where traffic tends to slow very little, despite a speed limit of almost half that of the bridge segment.

The bill that would provide for the relinquishment of SR-75 by Caltrans was initiated by Imperial Beach in order to carry out its corridor master plan. Only Coronado has resisted taking over its sections of the road.

In recent years, the high speed of traffic on Fourth Street has resulted in serious head injuries for two teens and taken the life of a 70-year-old man who tried to walk across. While accidents have long plagued the corridor — which feeds to and from the Navy base — the deadlier accidents took place in 2014, 2015, and 2016. ...

Last June, only a few weeks after the pedestrian was run down, Caltrans proposed raising the speed limit from 25 to 30 miles an hour along the busy road — a move some traffic studies have shown increases accidents and fatalities. The rationale: adherence to a formula the state relies on to enable safe traffic flow.

Coronado mayor Casey Tanaka opposed the increase, which has since taken effect, but said the council had no control over the outcome.

Now, under the current proposal, SR-75, excluding the bridge and toll plaza, would become mainly the town’s problem — or solution. Some residents have blamed restrictive state-highway law for blocking improvements that could make their streets safer, such as flashing pedestrian lights and speed bumps. ...

However, not all residents want the changes meant to enhance safety on Third and Fourth streets. Some have fought against stop lights near their homes; others aren’t happy about the costs of maintaining SR-75, which stretches 12 miles through Coronado but only 1 mile each in San Diego and Imperial Beach.

“One man's relinquishment is another man's dumping,” said Coronado Cays resident Erline Rogerson. “We have to realize SR-75 is not just the Third and Fourth street corridor. It’s also the Silver Strand, and the Navy will be increasing their traffic.” ...

With the options to support, oppose, amend, or remain neutral, the council chose to amend — asking that Coronado be removed from the bill.
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