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Traffic Enhancements on City Council Agenda

The Tuesday night meeting will include a vote on new traffic control measures near Our Lady of Guadalupe and on a stretch of Prospect Avenue.

Some east Hermosa Beach residents may get the stop signs they've petitioned for Tuesday night when City Council considers approval of new stop signs at 7th Place and Hollowell Avenue.

City staff is recommending Council approve the signs as well as approve measures recommended by the Public Works Commission to explore how to discourage cut-through traffic on Prospect Avenue and to enhance traffic control on Prospect according to a city staff report.

Area residents near 7th and Hollowell are concerned with sight distance and cut-through traffic, petitioning the city to make the intersection a three-way stop instead of the single stop sign it now offers.

A past petition effort led in the summer of 2011 to the installation of a single speed hump on 7th Place between Hollowell and Prospect to slow down drivers.

Those who've petitioned the city for the additional stop signs believe the single stop sign on Hollowell is not sufficient for drivers to see motorists approaching on 7th Place, where a stop sign does not exist. They cite traffic from Our Lady of Guadalupe school and drivers going from Redondo Beach to Hermosa and vice versa on 7th Place which turns into Havemeyer Lane in RB as the reasons for the additional two stop signs at Hollowell and 7th Place.

As for Prospect Avenue, the staff report explains that the stretch of road between 190th Street/Anita Avenue in RB to Aviation Boulevard has been a concern since 2002.

Most recently, at the Nov. 28 meeting of the Public Works Commission, residents impacted in the area of Prospect Ave. from 190th St. to Aviation Blvd. indicated a preference for increased traffic enforcement and stop sign compliance instead of speed humps, mini traffic circles, traffic diverters, chokers to narrow the street and turn restrictions.

To that end, the commission is recommending city council approve additional and replacement signage for that stretch of Prospect as well as restore traffic striping and legends.

The Prospect Ave. proposal includes a six-month pilot period to see how the new conditons affect traffic.

City Council will consider these traffic control measures and other items on its agenda Tues., Jan. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1315 Valley Drive.

Todd January 04, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I really wish they would get the whole Pier/Hermosa Avenue intersection to make more sense. The light at 12th and Hermosa always seem to operate in such a way as to make the trip from 14th Street to 11 Street as slow as humanly possible. I know avoid that intersection like the plague (sorry, Manhattan Avenue residents!).
Bob Atkins January 04, 2013 at 08:27 PM
No matter what people do on the section of Prospect between 190th and Aviation, short of closing the road the residents are not going to cut traffic down by adding more stop signs. They are only going to make their own lives more miserable. I also live on Prospect Ave, North of Aviation and we have plenty of traffic as well but I would fight any stop signs tooth and nail because I don't want a line of cars in front of my house and the additional air and noise pollution caused by stopping and starting of traffic on a constant basis. Most of all, since I live here I don't want my way to be impeded unnecessarily every time I have to drive somewhere. I don't have to drive the South side of Prospect EVERY DAY like the residents that live around there do but I can assure those same residents that when I need to go down to Del Amo or points South, I will drive their miserable stretch of road regardless of what they do to because that way is the shortest way especially when compared to PCH. Meanwhile those same residents short sighted and selfish ways will only earn THEM tickets for rolling the absurd number of Stop signs that have been erected on that road. THEY will have to breath all of the extra pollution caused by cars stopping and starting constantly. THEY will have to live with the noise associated with all of the stopping and starting.
Bob Atkins January 04, 2013 at 08:28 PM
You bought a house on a principle thoroughfare and one way or another you are going to have to live with it or move! But since most people are about as dumb and short sighted as a box of rocks - they will cut off their own noses to spite their faces in a vain effort to penalize others that drive through their precious area. The SMART thing to do would be to eliminate ALL of the unnecessary stop signs and install mild speed humps. This will keep the traffic moving and clear it out of the area as fast as possible with a minimal amount of air and noise pollution while simultaneously keeping speeds reasonable. This would also be the GREEN thing to do because it will cut down the ENORMOUS amount of wasted fuel. But wait - to expect Americans to even BEGIN thinking about the efficient movement of traffic would be asking WAY too much! Hence the comment by Todd about the perfectly synchronized traffic lights to ensure that you have to crawl through an area stopping at every light along the way - as is typical in the vast majority of LA and the rest of the country.

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