You're right. Extending Reino Road would probably remove lots of traffic from your street. But it's not likely to happen soon--or perhaps ever.
That means lots of drivers must use your street, Wendy Drive, to get to and from the freeway.
Over the past 10 years, the Thousand Oaks City Council has conducted public hearings on the possible extension of Reino Road, says John Clement, the city's public works director.
"The decision was made by the council not to pursue another interchange at Reino and the 101," Clement says.
One problem was that Caltrans determined that the proposed Reino Road ramps would be too close to the existing Wendy Drive exit on the east and the truck scales on the west.
In addition, the people who live along Reino Road objected because they didn't want all the extra traffic associated with a freeway link.
Still, your neighborhood has not been completely neglected.
Clement says traffic crews have changed Wendy Drive from four lanes to two wide lanes in order to slow drivers down and persuade them to use other routes to the freeway such as Old Conejo Road. Short of pushing for a new freeway link, the city wants to "do everything we can to discourage additional traffic on Wendy Drive," he says.