It’s looking like the end of the road for the car-only highway.
The rest of the state calls it Highway 101, but in Oceanside it’s either Coast Highway or Hill Street. Whatever you call it, it’s going through an identity crisis.
Last month, the city repainted a half-mile section of the 101 known as “the dip,” removing two of the four travel lanes and adding buffered bike lanes – essentially implementing what’s known as a road diet, where lanes are reduced or reconfigured to make travel more efficient and safe.
It touched off a debate about Coast Highway’s rightful role in town.
To many the project was an obvious fix to a traffic flaw. Last fall, a 12-year-old boy was struck and killed in the dip while riding his bike to school.
Others said the change made things worse for the highways’ most important users: drivers.