Thursday Jan 28 2010
Roseville mulls elimination of I-80 Taylor Road exit
By: Jon Brines, Special to the Press Tribune
Area businesses leaders call the proposal ‘catastrophic'
Caltrans is targeting the Taylor Road/Pacific Street exit for elimination as a part of a new $280-million project that would seek to improve the I-80/Highway 65 connector, according to transportation documents. The project, in its early stages, would also widen the East Roseville Viaduct to add high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and a 3-lane flyover connector between I-80 and Highway 65. The recommendation is a concern to Roseville business owners on Taylor Road who depend on the off ramp even if it takes years for the closure to happen. “It would probably close our business,” said Meineke Car Care Center Manager Joey Tarantino. His family has owned the car care business for seven years and chose the location at the bottom of the ramp due to it’s proximity to the freeway. “We get a lot of our business coming from the freeway,” said Tarantino. Roseville Mayor Gina Garbolino along with fellow board members of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) have the opportunity to pick an alternative. The agency is expected to plan and secure the financing for the project and could begin that process as early as next month’s meeting. Tarantino said he hopes Roseville city officials will listen to their concern. “We’re a small little mom and pop business,” said Tarantino. “The city doesn’t understand and I don’t think they really care as long as it makes it easier for the city.” The Roseville Mayor declined to comment on the proposed closure. Tarantino’s neighbor Cattlemens Restaurant President Wayne Holloway said they intend to fight the measure. “We would definitely and vehemently be opposed to any further access restrictions to our property and the other area businesses,” said Holloway. Roseville Yamaha General Manager Sean Copelan said the idea comes as his Taylor Road business is rebounding from the recession. “Our sales are up,” Copelan said. “The last thing we want to see is to lose that momentum going into the next two years. The timing couldn’t be worse. Closing it would be catastrophic to us.” The Taylor Road businesses have county allies. Auburn City Councilmember Kieth Nesbitt who also serves on the PCTPA board said he is opposed but wants to hear from the public. “My feelings at this point, I don’t like the option,” Nesbitt said. “There are businesses that rely on (the off ramp) and it is so congested I hate to take any outlets.” While the exit lies in Roseville it feeds cars northbound to the Rocklin city limits. The Rocklin City Council is expected to draft a letter of protest to the PCTPA at their next meeting. Rocklin Councilmember and PCTPA board member Kathy Lund said her city needs the freeway access. “What I want to do is just make sure that road doesn't get closed,” said Lund. Citizens who want to voice their concerns for the proposal have an opportunity to speak to county and Roseville city officials at a transportation open house at the Roseville Chamber of Commerce on Douglas Road Jan 27 at 5:30 p.m. The PCTPA is expected to address the project at its Feb. 24 meeting. The PCTPA board will meet at 9 a.m. in the Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Auburn. EVENT BOX What: Placer County Transportation Planning Agency Meeting When: 9a.m. Wednesday Feb. 24 Where: Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 175 Fulweiler Avenue in Auburn, The public is welcome to attend.