[Elist] Fw: Southbound I-5, Exit 23
John Del Santo
mcbwaycool at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 12 23:57:52 PET 2011
--- On Fri, 8/12/11, John Del Santo <mcbwaycool at yahoo.com> wrote:
From: John Del Santo <mcbwaycool at yahoo.com>
Subject: Southbound I-5, Exit 23
To: "john del santo" <mcbwaycool at yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, August 12, 2011, 9:44 PM
Karen Jewel John Del Santo
Chief of Traffic Engineering ABATE of California
& Analysis Branch P.O. Box 7998
Dept of Transportation San Diego , CA 92167
District 11 August 12, 2011
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 9211
Dear Ms. Jewel,
Thank you for your response to our inquiry regarding the southbound I-5 off-ramp at exit 23 ( Mission Bay Drive ).
Your response indicates that the pavement there makes a rider as safe as being in a Mother’s arms….and yet when our rider came down that ramp on (date ) and decelerated, her back wheel was thrown into a serious wobble which caused her motorcycle to go down. This is a rider with many years and many miles of motorcycle experience. The tow truck driver told her that he picks up crashed motorcycles at that location on a regular basis.
Another one of our riders used that off-ramp a week later, and experienced a rear-wheel wobble. Two weeks later, another of our members saw a sport-bike motorcycle down at that location. Does anyone in your office ride a motorcycle that they could take to that off-ramp and conduct field trip inspections at that site ? Because having gone there with a pickup truck probably did not tell you much.
Because I feel that there is a design problem there, and because I have informed you of a possible problem there, I will now be posting this letter to our state websites and discussion lists and will make our correspondence on this area fully available to anyone who has or had a problem at this ramp, and who wants to use our correspondence for a claim that Cal Trans has been previously notified.
Thank you for your interest in this matter.
John V. Del Santo
Safety Officer w/
ABATE of California
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