SR-78 Ramona Parking Project

Caltrans is proposing a project to modify the striping on State Route 78/Main Street between 8th and 10th streets in the community of Ramona to establish 41 parking spaces in previously designated No Parking areas.

Caltrans believes this new proposal provides safety by maintaining highway standards and matches the community’s desire for more parking areas.

Please review the proposed striping changes and send comments  to  by May 29, 2021.  Please use RAMONA PARKING in the subject line.

Existing Condition

  • Two (12') lanes in each direction.
  • One (12') median two-way turning lane.
  • Shoulder width varies from 5' to 9' in both westbound and eastbound directions.
  • NO PARKING allowed on both sides of the street between 9th and 10th.
  • NO PARKING allowed on the westbound side of the street between 8th and 9th.

This map shows the existing parking conditions at Route 78 PM 35.52 to 35.8. For more information, call (619) 688-6670 or email


  • Two (12') lanes in each direction between 9th and 10th. One (12') and one (11') lane in each direction between 8th and 9th.
  • Shoulder width 8' on both sides.
  • No median two-way turning lane between 9th and 10th.
  • Parallel parking spaces for 21 vehicles on the westbound side and 20 on the eastbound side.

This map shows the proposed parking layout at Route 78 PM 35.52 to 35.8. For more information, call (619) 688-6670 or email


– What happened? 

In 2018, Caltrans received a citizen complaint with a concern that the parking areas on State Route 78, Ramona’s Main Street, between 8th and 10th streets were too narrow to allow for safe parking and that side mirrors on parked vehicles had been struck by passing vehicles. 

Caltrans performed a field investigation that included measuring the width of the roadway from curb to curb, as well as the width of the existing lanes and median. Based on that investigation, Caltrans determined that the parking did not meet the standard eight-foot width in some of the areas and posed a safety concern for motorists and parked vehicles. 

In late 2019, Caltrans remedied the safety concern by installing several no parking signs on the north side of Main Street between 8th and 9th streets, and on both the north and south side of Main Street between 9th and 10th streets. 

Since the no parking signs were installed, Caltrans has received some citizen complaints about how the loss of parking would impact local businesses, as well as complaints about tickets received for parking in these now designated no parking areas. 

Caltrans has reviewed the situation again and is now proposing a new restriping plan between 8th and 10 streets that would provide the standard eight-foot parking width to allow legal parking in these areas. 

Proposal Details

The proposed project would first apply an asphalt seal coat across the entire pavement width to ensure that any old striping is fully covered, with all new striping being installed. 

Between 8th and 9th streets, the inside lane would be reduced by one foot to 11 feet wide, which is an allowable standard in this situation, to create 28 parking spaces.  

The additional width will be used to established eight-foot-wide striped parking areas on both the north and south sides. A full 12-foot-wide median two-way turning lane will remain which will allow vehicles to safety make left turns into and out of driveways. 

The proposed striping between 9th and 10th streets will add 13 parking spaces but will prohibit left turns in or out of driveways. Because the existing pavement width is narrower, Caltrans proposes to stripe a narrower seven-foot wide median which will allow establishing the eight-foot-wide parking areas. The narrower median must be striped as an island with two double yellow lines that will prohibit vehicles from making left turns into or out of driveways in this area.