(Los Alamitos, 8/16/2013, updated 8/18) Should every intersection in Los Alamitos’ Apartment Row be a four way stop? Most members of Los Al’s Traffic Commission.
That’s one of several interesting questions on the agenda tomorrow night’s 7 pm Los Alamitos City Council Meeting.
Several months ago about twenty residents of two condo complexes showed up at a Traffic Commission Meeting to express their concerns about safety exiting from the alley behind their complex onto Noel Avenue.
Many of them felt that, rather than restrict parking to give a clearer sight-line at the alley’s entrance to Noel, it would be better to install a four-way stop sign at the nearby intersection to slow traffic on Noel.
As a result, a review of all Apartment Row intersections was agendized for a subsequent Traffic Commission Meeting, where more interested members of the public showed up to express their concerns. Two intersections were cited in particular as needing four way stops, one on Reagan and one on Noel.
After considerable discussion a majority of the Commissioners voted to have four way stop signs at all Apartment Row intersections between Los Alamitos Blvd. and Lexington. This would required converting five two-way stops on Bloomfield, Noel, and Reagan to four-way stops. Currently, traffic is only stopped on the east-west streets at those five intersections.
After conducting a required traffic study, however, the City’s traffic engineers found the traffic counts did not justify adding additional stop signs to Apartment Row.
However, after considerable additional discussion the Traffic Commissioners decided in the interest of safety and possible traffic calming, they should recommend the five stop signs be installed.
At least one Commissioner felt it would be wisest to initially add the two requested four way stops on Reagan and Noel initially, then reconsider the remaining three intersections on Bloomfield and Noel six months later. However, the majority of Commissioners felt all five intersections should be recommended for immediate conversion to four way stops.
There’s lots more on Monday’s 7 pm agenda, but I thought it would be good to devote this post just to the stop sign issue initially.
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