History Danger Zone 1920 to 2024

The primary access to Mount Diablo State Park is Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard, a small, narrow, old road that is deadly dangerous. Since 1931 California State Parks has had an easement over this private road so as to provide access for hundreds of thousands of park visitors.  Along with this legal right comes the legal responsibility to maintain the road (Civil Code 845), which State Parks did until sometime in the late 1970’s. Then suddenly, after over 40 years of being a good neighbor, State Parks STOPPED maintaining the road and has never made any effort to do so since. For nearly 50 years, residents have repeatedly approached State Parks for action, only to receive no response and no action.  There have been two fatalities on the upper portion of Scenic as a direct result of the failure to maintain the road.  It’s not a question of if, but when there will be another fatality if State Parks fails to act. Their easement includes a half-mile narrow and twisting section of Scenic we call “The Danger Zone,” where a cyclist was killed in 2019, numerous bike vs vehicle collisions have occurred and multiple near-miss collisions occur on a daily basis.

 

California State Parks has no plan to address the safety of The Danger Zone for their visitors and, in fact, has been quietly obstructionist to all efforts to improve the situation. Don't take our word for it: Read the History  

Then, please, send in any additional information, emails, documents, surveys, photos, videos, and suggestions.  We look forward to hearing from you and to making The Danger Zone on Scenic safer for park visitors and all users of the road!

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1985 CA STATE PARKS ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR SOLVING THE PROBLEM

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1985 CA STATE PARKS “STUDY RE-ROUTE TRAFFIC”

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1979 DIRECTOR CA STATE PARKS RELY TO SENATOR NEJEDLY

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1920s “THE ROAD BEGAN IN MOUNT DIABLO PARK CLUB”

“TOLL GATE” Location near 2659 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd (photo taken 1920’s)

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1987 CA STATE PARKS & ATHENIAN SCHOOL PROPOSAL FOR JOINT RESTORATION

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1964 ATHENIAN SCHOOL “APPLICATION FOR RIGHT OF WAY OVER STATE PARKS LANDS”

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1985 CA STATE PARKS ENGINEERING STUDY

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1975 DIRECTOR CA STATE PARKS ” ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED IN A SAFE CONDITION”

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1975 ATHENIAN SCHOOL “SOMEONE IS GOING TO HAVE AN ACCIDENT”

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1931 CALIFORNIA “GRANTED 60FT EASEMENT”

“It’s been 60 years since the Mt. Diablo Scenic easement was given the promise of a good new road at the point of the Calle Crespi easement to be constructed in the near future.” (Resident letter, 4/23/1988, 2087 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd)