By Kristina Pritchett
City Council is scheduled to review bids for a traffic calming project along Camino Capistrano in December.
Business owners went to the city with their concerns about cars speeding through the area, and the fact that there are preschools and a swim school in the area, where parents often cross the street with their children.
“It tends to be a place where people speed,” said Larry Robinson, a business owner in the area. “There are parents who come to pick up their kids; they have to sprint across with their child across the street. Traffic can be unpredictable.”
The plan is to create an uncertainty for drivers, said Matt Sinacori, deputy director of public works.
“If drivers have to navigate through, they tend to slow down,” Sinacori said.
From Victoria Boulevard to Sepulveda Avenue, the city plans to have painted stripes that will create narrower lanes for traffic, as well as islands that will draw the driver’s attention. The islands will have cobble rocks and trees.
“There will also be parked cars out there, which is good for traffic calming because it causes friction. If the cars weren’t there, then people would drive a lot faster,” Sinacori said.
Another aspect of the project includes work on Sepulveda and Via Santa Rosa will have more of a 90-degree angle.
“One thing you have to think about is the fire department and the trucks, they turn in there,” Sinacori said.
Sinacori said the city already had plans to do work along that stretch of road, so this project fits right into the plans.
If the plan doesn’t work, or amenable bids are not received, Sinacori said the city will look at other options. For now, some short-term options include a blinking light beacon, moving a speed radar truck in and out of the area and more patrolling.
Construction is not scheduled to begin until the spring and could take three to four months to complete, Sinacori said. The City Council will need to award a bid contract for the work to begin.