Wine company changes course on El Campo Road project, advocates for collective solution

"It's the right thing to do."

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - Vintage Wine Estates, the parent company of Laetitia Vineyard & Winery in Arroyo Grande, has reversed their stance regarding a proposed construction project at El Campo Road and Highway 101 thanks to pressure from the community.

The company was suing Caltrans to stop the construction at a dangerous intersection on El Campo Road. 

An online petition created by the family of a Cal Poly student who died at the intersection last year received thousands of signatures.

In a statement released to our newsroom, Vintage Wine Estates president Terry Wheatley said the advocacy of the Grant family and the local community has convinced the company to advocate for construction to move forward. 

"In the interest of immediate public safety, the construction of the turn barriers should move forward as soon as possible. It’s the right thing to do," Wheatley said in the statement.

Wheatley said the company is planning to work with the Grant family, the community and local homeowners to work on a permanent solution at the intersection. Some ideas suggested include a fast-tracked overpass at El Campo Road, a J turn with acceleration and deacceleration lanes, lowering the speed limit on Highway 101 through the corridor and potentially a stop light at El Campo until an overpass can be built. Wheatley says he hopes Caltrans and the local working group can work together on any projects.

"We pledge to work with the community, local and state government agencies to keep this a priority," Wheatley said. 

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