101 Safety Corridor Options
The Times- Standard reports on ideas being thrown around for the Highway 101 safety corridor between Arcata and Eureka. Looks like there's three or four ideas on how to deal with the corridor flying around:
#1: Remove the safety corridor and remove all medians.
I guess that would mean going back to the way it used to be except you couldn't get on or off the freeway at Indianola Road or Jacobs Avenue. Or at least you couldn't turn left in the southbound lane of 101 at those places. That might prove to be a hassle.
#2: Same as number one but includes a overpass/ interchange at Indianola Road so people can enter and exit the freeway there. Sounds expensive.
#3: Same as number 2 but with a traffic light at Jacob's avenue to allow entrance and exits there. Sounds even more expensive.
#4: Do nothing. Leave it as is.
I think I agree with Larry Glass and some of the others. Seems like the safety corridor works fine the way it is now. If it ain't broke, why try and fix it? Would be nice to have an overpass or two on the corridor, though.
I'll admit I still get bugged not being able to use the first median to leave Jacob's Ave. and head back into Eureka. They removed that option some time ago. Now you have to drive a bit north on Jacob's Avenue and enter the highway at the Murray Field turnoff. Not too much of a hassle, but I liked being able to do it the old way.
Hate to see all of the highway between Eureka and Arcata like that, with no way to exit the southbound lane except by going all the way into Eureka.
You can pick which option you like on the poll I've installed below, assuming my copy and paste works. I'll leave the poll up for a week, or so.