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Marin Independent Journal.                      Editorial                           Sunday, March 26, 2000

"Blood Alley" can’t be 
fixed fast enough

     LET’S HOPE we are finally on the road toward making Doyle Drive safer. This frightening stretch of high-way between the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco’s Marina District has endangered the lives of motorists and their passengers for far too long.   Engineers, state and local officials and citizens panes have been look­ing at Doyle Drive for years, but progress has been minimal.  Now, at last, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority is getting serious about exploring a safety overhaul of this busy segment of Highway 101, an approach to the south entry of the Golden Gate Bridge.  











    One alternative is based on an idea advanced by Michael Painter, a Mill Valley landscape architect who be­lieves, as thousands of Mann and San Francisco residents do, that there must be a way to make this thoroughfare many call “Blood Alley” better and safer. Countless accidents have occurred on the road­way since its construction in 1936.  However, Painter’s award-winning design a parkway with six lanes and easily navigable interchanges is expensive, as are the other three alternatives under consideration. All have price tags of at least $200 million.  

    Meanwhile, as many as 141,000 motorists a day use Doyle Drive, which has no safety barrier and con­sists of a web of narrow lanes merg­ing at just about the same time traf­fic is funneled into the Toll Plaza. The commission is on target to start the environmental review process and approve a plan by 2003.  That can’t be soon enough.

    Replacing this vital stretch in the Bay Area’s transportation network will be a huge undertaking, an enor­mous toll in funds and anticipated delays for motorists because of construction.  This project must move forward now. The longer it’s put off, the more we put at risk the lives of hun­dreds of thousands of motorists from Mann and throughout the Bay Area.

 

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