July 13 PNEC Meeting to Focus on Improved Emergency Traffic Routes and Wildland Fires
Learn about the new Integrated Corridor Management Project that will alleviate traffic congestion during a wildland fire and other emergencies during a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at Poway City Council Chambers, 13325 Civic Center Dr. Deputy Fire Chief Jon Canavan will address fire evacuation routes and what homeowners can do in advance of this seasonal threat, while Bart Tuttle of the Poway Fire Safe Council will discuss hardening the home against fire.
The new traffic system will devise the best alternate surface street routes to detour traffic in an emergency, using freeway signs to tell drivers which alternate route to take. Street signals will be adjusted to keep the increased traffic flowing on the surface streets. In addition to the freeway signs alerting drivers to take alternate routes, there is a 511 San Diego mobile app that can be installed on smartphones, available for free through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For details, go to sandag.org/ICM. Participating in this pilot project is the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG); Caltrans; the cities of San Diego, Poway, and Escondido; North County Transit District; and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
Many view wildland fires as this area’s main threat to lives and property, especially with winter rains that boosted normal vegetation growth. With increased traffic congestion, evacuating the area safely and quickly is one of this region’s highest priorities, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jon Canavan.
The nonprofit PNEC works to complement the City of Poway Emergency Operations Plan through a grass roots communication network of neighbors. For more information on PNEC, please visit http://powaynec.com.