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State to evaluate options to make SR-67 safer

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - State Route 67 between Lakeside and Ramona is often the scene of grizzly head-on accidents. Now the state wants to make it safer.

There is a big study happening weighing the pros and cons of construction in the area.

Horrific accidents -- many of them with fatalities -- make SR-67 one of the most notorious stretches of road in the county. Caltrans officials say they are now looking at four possible changes to the road that are sure to cut down on the number of head on collisions.

"The first one is a concrete barrier, the second one is a high tension cable barrier, the third one is a steel barrier, and also a wide buffer barrier in the median," Caltrans spokeswoman Cathryne Bruce-Johnson said.

These are just possibilities being studied right now. Caltrans says they have a lot to consider. Some parts of the road don't have much room for barriers, plus there are several intersections and driveways to think about.

"We have a lot of residents that live along there, and so consideration has to be given on how they can get in and out of driveways to their homes," Bruce-Johnson said.

The process is not going to happen quickly -- definitely more than a year. So in the meantime, a reminder from Caltrans to drivers to do their part to help reduce accidents along this stretch of road.

"We rely on the travelling public to drive responsibly, to drive the speed limit or at safe speeds according to road conditions, to drive in a sober condition and to not be distracted," Bruce-Johnson said.

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