Caltrans News Release
June 30, 2017
Contact: Steven Shultz
Caltrans (619) 688-6670
Caltrans Statement on State Route 94 Improvements
SAN DIEGO—Caltrans has issued the following statement regarding State Route 94 improvements in the Jamul area of San Diego:
The Jamul Indian Village (JIV) opened a casino in east San Diego County, known as the Hollywood Casino. The JIV is a federally recognized Tribe. The casino is on sovereign land. Caltrans has no role in the opening of the casino.
The Tribal-State Gaming Compact requires that JIV demonstrate a good faith effort to mitigate traffic and other impacts. State law and the Tribal-State Gaming Compact do not require a permit from the State or completion all traffic mitigation before a casino opens. State Route 94 is a rural highway that leads to the JIV casino. Improvements to SR-94 are under way as part of the Tribe’s mitigation. Improvements are being done in two phases:
- Construction work on the first phase on SR-94 includes: widening the highway and adding traffic signals to Daisy Drive and Melody Road for access to the casino. This work will be completed shortly.
- A second phase of improvements will begin in early 2018.
At Caltrans, safety is our number one concern. Improvements to the highway do not impede the safety of the motoring public. Any roadway deemed unsafe would not be open to the public.
There has been intense community opposition to the casino opening, including from San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors granted approval for the necessary right-of-way for the highway improvements in April 2016.
Caltrans takes this issues seriously and understands the concerns of the community.
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