Traffic Mis-Directed onto Willow Road

2002 - Barona Casino Mis-directing Traffic Onto Willow Road
 
In 2002, the Barona Tribe of Mission Indians in Lakeside, California built a massive $250,000,000 casino, golf course and motel.  As a result of that expansion Willow Road was overwhelmed with traffic, noise and trash from the casino 24-hours per day.  The casino traffic combined with traffic from nearby Ramona, San Diego Country Estates and the Barona Casino reached 14,000 vehicles per day traveling through a residential neighborhood and a working horse ranch (Pillsbury Ranch - owned by Joan Embery [The San Diego Zoo Lady] and her husband Duane Pillsbury).
 
Since the tribe maintains that they are a sovereign entity and do not have to abide by California State and San Diego County environmental laws, no mitigation was done for this massive influx of Casino traffic.  At the same time the tribe continued for years to direct all traffic going and coming from the Barona Casino to travel over Willow Road, in direct opposition to requests from Willow Road residents and from the director of Department of Public Works. They directed this traffic using massive Billboards all over San Diego County as well as internet maps and directions.
 
On December 2, 2003, the Director of the San Diego County Department of Public Works, John Snyder, wrote a letter to Mario Orso, the Native American Liaison for CalTrans (California Department of Transportation), which contained the following statement:

 

“Based on community input and our study of traffic on Ashwood Street, we recommend that guide signs not direct traffic onto Willow Road from State Route 67.  The preferred route from SR-67 to Wildcat Canyon Road is via Mapleview Street and Ashwood Street.”
 
The Barona Casino continued directing traffic over Willow Road until additional complaints from residents about the many serious collisions on Willow Road during 2004 and early 2005. 
 

2005 - Barona Casino Begins Directing Traffic Onto Mapleview and Ashwood Streets

Barona Valley Ranch Changes Directional Billboards (May 2005)

New Barona Casino billboard at Highway 67 and Mapleview Street:

  

New Barona Casino billboard on Highway 67, ½ mile before  Mapleview Street

On May 10, 2005, the Barona Valley Ranch (Barona Casino) began replacing two directional billboards located on Highway 67 North. One was at Mapleview Street and the other ½ mile before Mapleview St. The new signs (see above) no longer direct all traffic to use Willow Road to get to Barona Casino and Wildcat Canyon Road. This is an enormous event for the residents of Willow Road who have been complaining about these billboards for at least 8 years.

 The following quote was taken from a letter by San Diego County Board Supervisor Dianne Jacob, dated May 20, 2005:

 “As you may be aware, two recent happenings have occurred to address the calming along Willow Road. The Barona Band of Mission Indians have changed two billboards along SR-67 directing traffic away from Willow Road by informing motorists to take Mapleview Street to Ashwood Street. In addition, their website is also informing motorists to take that route”

“Lastly, on May 18, the Board of Supervisors approved the Traffic Advisory Committee’s recommendation to reduce the speed limit on Willow Road. The approved new speed limit is 35 mph and will go into effect in 30 days.”

 

We owe a great deal of gratitude to Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Barona Tribal Chairwoman Rhonda Welch-Scalco, County Tribal LiaisonChantal Saipe and CalTrans Native American Liaison Mario Orso for their efforts on this issue.

 

2006 - San Diego County Plans for Willow Road, Mapleview/Ashwood Streets and Wildcat Canyon Road 

In 2006, the LCPG (Lakeside Community Planning Group) completed their plans for the roads in Lakeside, CA during the San Diego County GP2020 Planning Process.  Results from these plans include leaving Willow Road as a local collector, upgrading Ashwood Street from a collector to a Major Road with 4 lanes and a center median.  Wildcat Canyon Road will remain a failing road with an LOS (Level of Service) of E/F.  In addition Willow Road will be disconnected from Highway 67 and will connect to Lakeside Ave. as it passes under Highway 67.

Willow Road is listed as one of the Key Issues in Lakeside and the following is a quote from the final GP2020 plans: 

"Willow Road

Willow Road became a well-traveled route to Barona through a residential neighborhood, and residents have asked to restrict access to Willow from Wildcat Canyon. The residents support staff’s recommendations for improvements to SR 67, which direct casino traffic to Mapleview and Ashwood."

 

Full Report on Lakeside Roads from GP2020

http://sites.google.com/site/willowroadgroup/Home/transportation-coordinators/traffic-calming-coordinator/traffic-mis-directed-onto-willow-road/c_lakeside.pdf?attredirects=0

 
 
Problems with Internet Map Companies:
 
2003 - Mapquest and NAVTEQ Mis-directing Traffic Onto Willow Road
In October 2004, NAVTEQ corrected the database by changing the classification of Ashwood.
 
2006 - Google and NAVTEQ Mis-directing Traffic Onto Willow Road
In 2007, NAVTEQ again corrected the database.  This time by changing the classification of Willow Road.
 
2008 - Google and TeleAtlas Mis-directing Traffic Onto Willow Road
 
2009 - We have tried numerous times to register the problem but there is never any response or correction from Google.  The issue started with the Barona Indian Casino (in 2002) trying to route all their casino traffic through Willow Road in Lakeside, CA through a residential neighborhood and working horse ranch (Pillsbury Ranch).  After many complaints (and serious trafiic collisions) County of San Diego Supervisor Diane Jacobs convinced the Barona Casino to change their massive billboard on Highway 67 to route general traffic to the Casino over Mapleview and Ashwood Streets, as recommended by the San Diego County Department of Public Works.  That was in May 2005 when the speed limit on Willow was also reduced to 35MPH. We had NAVTEQ correct their map database in 2004 & again in 2007.  Shortly after that, Google began displaying the wrong directions (i.e., contrary to the Barona Billboards on Hwy 67,  contrary to Department of Public Works recommendations, is 4/10 mile longer and because Ashwood is a higher road grade than Willow Road.)
 
 
June 26, 2009 - TeleAtlas makes changes to upgrade Ashwood, Wildcat Canyon and San Vicente.  They also downgraded Willow Road in order to discourage the use of Willow by northbound traffic on CA-67.
 
 
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