Caltrans wants to chop down 100-year-old trees to make way for…a left-turn pocket:
Some Burlingame and Hillsborough residents are concerned with the prospect of tree removal along El Camino Real and Floribunda Avenue to rebuild an intersection that is said to be unsafe.
The California Department of Transportation is currently in the environmental documentation phase of a project it hopes would improve traffic safety at the intersection, according to Caltrans spokeswoman Gidget Navarro. Caltrans is gathering information to assess potential environmental impacts of options that include installation of a left turn lane, which would require the widening of the road and potentially removing various types of trees.
Caltrans’ standard approach to any “safety” issue is to widen intersections. This often makes the road more dangerous — especially for pedestrians. Of course, it really isn’t about safety. This is all about speeding up car traffic.