4 traffic circles will be removed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Within the next couple of months, Whittier city workers will remove the four concrete medians and traffic circles that were installed about a year ago along Beverly Drive and Magnolia Avenue as part of a “traffic calming” plan. The City Council voted 4-1 last week to remove them. Only the median at Beverly and Palm Avenue will remain.If stops signs are removed, there is no need for the traffic circles, Councilman Bob Henderson said.“If you’ve got the stop signs, for the most part \ are redundant,” Henderson said.The median islands and traffic circles – at the intersections of Beverly Drive at Magnolia and Citrus avenues and Magnolia and Monte Vista Drive and Whitley Street – were installed at a cost of about $100,000.The cost to remove them is estimated at $30,000, said David Mochizuki, public works director.The traffic-calming plan was implemented in response to a request from the Beverly Fountain Residents Association to slow speeding traffic in the neighborhood.But the devices turned out to be controversial, dividing the neighborhood with some in favor and some against. That remains true after the council’s vote.Beverly Drive resident Rafael Parragan didn’t like the vote.“It’s a waste of money to remove them,” Parragan said. “Just add the stop signs. They’re a help. I think they slow cars down. This is kind of going backward.”But Jacob Polder, a resident on nearby Cadbury Drive praised the council’s action.“Wow, that’s great,” Polder said. “The stop signs are fine. “Those circles are terrible. It’s too hard to get around them. People run in to them and wreck their tires and alignment.”Councilman Owen Newcomer, who cast the only no vote, said he supported keeping the traffic circles because people in the neighborhood supported that.“Only 26 percent of the people on Beverly Street wanted them removed and 20 percent on Magnolia wanted them removed,” Newcomer said.“\ is giving more control to people who don’t live on their street,” he said.Councilwoman Cathy Warner said the views of those who drive on Beverly and Magnolia need to be considered.“I don’t consider them to be commuters, but residents in that general area,” Warner said.The council rejected closing Beverly Place where it intersects with Workman Mill Road, in part because buses turn around in that area. They called for a study of that proposal and adding sidewalks to the area. [email protected]m(562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img

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