By Kent Gray
Triplicate staff writer
A Caltrans plan to alter the intersection of Highway 101 and Washington Boulevard has been sent back to the drawing board.
Del Norte County has been looking at options to improve the intersection. The latest proposal was rejected at the meeting of Del Norte County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday.
The disagreement between the government bodies derives from having a turnaround available at the end of Parkway Drive, so misdirected traffic would not be sent four miles in the wrong direction.
We did look at a couple different scenarios, said Caltrans project manager Gary Banducci. We had some concerns (with the other scenarios), but well have to go back and look at these now.
These scenarios had arisen last year when the Local Transportation Commission decided that a full-diamond interchange of on-ramps and off-ramps at Highway 101 and Washington Boulevard would be too expensive.
The cost for a full-diamond would probably exceed $1 million, according to Banducci.
David Finigan, an LTCO member and Del Norte County supervisor, said costs were not the only issue.
The main reason we rejected the full diamond was that we were saving $1 million, said Finigan.
The other reason was that the 101 exiting onto Parkway northbound served the same purpose of the fourth leg of that diamond.
Whether or not LTCO and Del Norte County will revisit the idea of a full diamond has not yet been decided.