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In Memory of Jordan Grant

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In memory of Jordan Grant we would like to save other families from suffering this needless tragedy.

Our 18 year old son and Cal Poly freshman, Jordan Grant, died needlessly on October 7, 2018 at the unsafe El Campo crossing of Highway 101 south of Arroyo Grande in California. Police said a BMW made an unsafe left turn from the El Campo stop sign directly into Jordan's southbound path on 101.  Many locals have shared with us that they do not allow their own family members to use this crossing due to the extreme danger. This crossing, with only a stop sign on El Campo, has severe obstructions of lines of sight with curves in both directions, limiting visibility of oncoming traffic. At peak traffic volumes on 101, safe openings for vehicles to cross 101 are limited and cars on El Campo stack up waiting to hurl themselves dangerously across multiple lanes of high speed freeway traffic. It is only a matter of time before another family's loved one is needlessly killed in this death trap. 

We will be incurring engineering and legal expenses to eliminate the death trap at the El Campo and Highway 101 crossing. We expect to also recruit a team of Cal Poly students to work on this problem and address statewide legislation to avoid such fatal lapses in highway safety along all of 101.

If you have had an accident at this El Campo crossing please share your experience in the comments below with contact information (also email jameskgrant2@gmail.com).

Please read:
https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article219956650.html 

Also please sign: https://www.change.org/p/california-in-memory-of-jordan-grant-eliminate-death-trap-hwy-101-and-el-campo-road?recruiter=753809926&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=undefined
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Update 7
Posted by James Grant
1 month ago
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We are Hopeful

The SLOCOG meeting went very well. There was about an hour and 45 minutes of comments, most in support of changing El Campo. What was key was the number of people that showed up to show their support and tell their own stories of how El Campo has hurt them and is unsafe. The Tribune has an article and also video of my speech - we were allowed 9 minutes for Becky, Nicole and I. They voted for funding the study and went further to expressing urgency that something be done right away to make it safer. Exactly what we wanted. They asked for a meeting next Friday to get all parties together to examine what they can do. We met that afternoon with Jordan Cunningham’s District 35 Assemblyman’s office and they are very supportive. They are facilitating the meeting next week with all agencies that have input.
We are very very hopeful. But will continue our efforts non stop until we see changes actually put in place. So please post and share on Facebook - and continue to get folks to sign the petition.
To see and hear more about the results this week please go to:
Video of my SLOCOG comment speech:
https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article222678625.html
KVEC Hometown Radio with Dave Congalton talk radio guest spots: There are 2 shows. One Dec 3rd and another Dec 5th (before and after the meeting) You can go to their website and go to list of podcasts and find these shows. http://www.920kvec.com
KSBY coverage:
https://ksby.com/news/2018/12/05/family-of-student-killed-at-el-campo-intersection-meets-with-community
https://ksby.com/news/local-news/2018/12/05/slocog-approves-funding-for-traffic-study-of-el-campo-intersection
Tribune coverage:
https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article222659710.html
We are Hopeful
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Update 6
Posted by James Grant
2 months ago
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Why I am Thankful
Jordan was the best son we could ever have hoped for and we had 18 wonderful years with him;
Our family loves Jordan as much today as the day we dropped him off for college and we hold him in our hearts as strong as ever;
The Cal Poly family embraced Jordan as one of their own and have stood with us in grief and joy of celebrating his life;
The community that was there with Jordan that rushed to his side and continue to reach out and support us each day;
The 18,500+ caring people who signed the petition to eliminate the El Campo death trap;
The local community and Cal Poly family that will show up to stand for Jordan at the SLOCOG meeting on Dec 5 at 8am to say enough is enough (Board Chambers on the first floor at 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo)
Today that is why I am thankful.
Jordan’s Memorial at El Campo crossing
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Update 5
Posted by James Grant
2 months ago
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We are asking SLOCOG to eliminate left hand turns across the median - this is how Jordan was killed and so many others hurt. Here is the Press Release announcing the Dec 5th meeting so you can see what they are up to:

“Press Release - Lynn Compton: I would like to begin by first offering my condolences to Jordan Grant’s family on the tragic loss of their son last week. No parent should have to suffer the loss of a child and I cannot imagine the pain and suffering this family is going through at this time.
On October 19th, a multi-agency meeting was held to discuss the condition of US Highway 101 at El Campo Road. This meeting included Caltrans, the office of State Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), the City of Arroyo Grande, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department, members of the California Highway Patrol, and my office. The goal of this meeting was to examine safety and traffic data and discuss potential options at the El Campo and Highway 101 intersection.
Historic collision data for this intersection compiled between January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2017 was reviewed at the meeting. This data indicated there have been 16 collisions over a 5-year period at this intersection with no fatalities, two of these accidents were considered “severe”. Over a 10-year period, there were no fatalities at this location. The collision data from 2018, which was not included in the presented study, shows there have been two accidents at this intersection to date with one being fatal, that of Jordan Grant. According to Caltrans, this section of Highway 101 experiences 63,000 vehicles each day.
Thus, while collision data may not necessarily demand a closure of this intersection, it could support operational changes to the intersection. Public input was factored into decisions regarding this intersection previously and will continue to be a part of our process. In 2008, a deacceleration lane was installed on Highway 101 South for drivers turning onto El Campo and in 2010 flashing beacons were placed on the right-hand side of the freeway to notify drivers of the upcoming intersection. These additions were made proactively to increase safety at the intersection.
In 2010, Caltrans conducted extensive public outreach that determined that a majority of the community did not support closing that intersection because such a closure would have traffic effects on the surrounding arterial streets. At that time, corresponding agencies agreed with that decision. Closing this intersection would correspondingly change traffic patterns and circulation numbers in other areas as they picked up the reallocated vehicle traffic.
After the meeting, we all agreed that in order to move forward we would be revisiting the community sentiment on such a closure as it may have changed in the last 8 years. SLOCOG will consider funding the necessary traffic evaluation and outreach at their December 5, 2018 meeting, with the intention of addressing the issue expeditiously.
We all agree that we must to do the right thing for the entire community, however to do that, we must understand the implications of altering this intersection as well as traffic impacts elsewhere, therefore we need a well thought out plan for any such action.
If a decision is made to close the median at U.S. Highway 101 in this particular location, Caltrans has indicated they will close other similar intersections (e.g.: Laetitia) at the same time as part of their long-term vision to convert this section of highway to a true freeway.
In conclusion, know that we are all committed to working on a multi-agency solution that addresses the larger scope of the issue without creating unintended consequences as we move forward.”
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Update 4
Posted by James Grant
2 months ago
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Save the date to come help Jordan:

The Dec. 5th SLOCOG meeting is open to the public. It starts at 8:30 AM in the Board Chambers on the first floor at 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Please come to this meeting and show them we are serious about making El Campo safer.
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