On January 6, 2020 the Roads Advisory Committee met to discuss items regarding the Roads Advisory Committee Membership, updates on Hacienda Road, and a Traffic Calming discussion.
The traffic calming discussion included talks of placing Stop signs at intersections (Reposado Drive/Hacienda Road and Avocado Crest Road/Hacienda Road). Unfortunately, the City is not allowed to place a Stop sign and appropriate stripping on Avocado Crest since Los Angeles County owns the northbound lane of Hacienda Road from the area in front of City Hall to the middle of Avocado Crest. Staff met with LA County representatives and requested the Stop sign at the intersection, but due to a study conducted for placement of a Stop sign at this intersection in 2017, the results of the study showed that a Stop sign was not warranted. This means that the number of cars required by state law for placement of a Stop sign was not met. The County does want to work with the City. The County will conduct a study for a traffic signal 2 months after the opening of Hacienda Road. This will allow for what would be considered, normal traffic, to return to the intersection.
When a traffic device is proposed for a certain intersection or area, it legally requires a professional study to verify that State required numbers are met. There are traffic devices that are placed without meeting required warrants, but unwarranted traffic devices can potentially increase accident rates and create other negative effects for residents in the area and commuters. Unwarranted traffic devices can also place additional liability on the City.
The Roads Committee also appointed two members, Glen Pedersen and Don Struble, as representatives at the Traffic Calming Community Meeting being held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at City Hall.