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Traffic Commission Will Analyze Data from Mara Steves Crash Site

Despite concern and outrage expressed over Steves fatality, there were no audience members at the Traffic Commission meeting last night.

City Manager Tim Casey has asked Director of Public Works Dave Rogers to add to its 2009 collision analysis report the intersection where pedestrian Mara Steves was killed Feb. 13.

The Public Works Department completes the research necessary for the Traffic Commission to make recommendations about what is needed to maintain safe traffic conditions in Laguna Niguel.

The intersection in question is Nueva Vista Drive and Moulton Parkway.

City engineer Dave Rogers reported the request at a Traffic Commission hearing Wednesday night. The completed report will be presented to the Traffic Commission at its next meeting in March, time and date to be announced.

The city has received some email complaints regarding the safety of the intersection since the day of the accident, regardless of City Manager Tim Casey's assurances that the intersection does not have a dangerous history.

Despite the complaints and the public announcement that there would be a Traffic Commission meeting,  there were no attendees at the hearing. 

"The initial review indicates nothing unusual that we can find there," Rogers said, "but we are certainly going to do a little more comprehensive work and give you that information."

Also addressed at the meeting were angry e-mails from residents over the new speed bumps on Adelanto Drive. According to Rogers, the speed bumps did reduce speeding on the road for the first couple of months after they were installed, but there is now a significant uptick in speeding. 

Rogers speculates that it could be because residents may be crossing to the center line in order to bypass the bumps.

Residents have requested that speed bumps on Adelanto—which might have had the result of increasing traffic on Monte Verde Drive—be removed altogether.

The board will revisit the issue in six months, once the Traffic Commission has completed a study on the area.

mbes February 25, 2011 at 07:50 PM
How about using speed recording devices or Moulton, Golden Lantern, Alicia and Crown Valley etc. A month or so worth of data would provide a more conclusive and accurate picture of the speeding problem instead of just looking this accident location’s history.
Tom Berney February 27, 2011 at 11:51 PM
There's really nothing that could be done at that intersection anyway, it's about not speeding and paying attention when driving.

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