Downtown San Clemente could get two more stop signs and lose a few parking spots at an intersection that, according to locals, is very dangerous.
The intersection in question is Ola Vista and Avenida Cabrillo, where the addition of these signs would create a four-way stop.
The city is also considering removing four parking spaces at the corner of Ola Vista and Avenida Granada.
The public is invited to watch the Planning Commission take up these issues. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, 100 Avenida Presidio.
Senior traffic engineer David Zucker said that the issue of these intersections was raised by a concerned motorist in one of the city planning meetings. They suggested that there was a lack of visibility and that the problem should be remedied.
There were originally four different intersections under question along Ola Vista, but two of the line-of-visibility problems were due to overgrown vegetation and were trimmed back.
The city did an analysis at Cabrillo and Ola Vista and found that it was necessary to create a four-way stop.
There are, however, some disadvantages to adding a four-way stop at this intersection. The analysis report says that it could cause back-up at peak hours and major delays. Southbound drivers coming over the crest on Ola Vista could be surprised at the stop and cause a rear-end crash.
The report also indicates that the addition of a four-way stop will reassure pedestrians that vehicles will stop for them, there will be no loss of parking and a reduced potential for vehicles to crash in the intersection.
The report did not recommend adding a four-way stop at the Granada intersection. It suggests adding 20 feet of red curb on all sides so that no one will park there and visibility will be increased.
There has been one collision at the Cabrillo intersection in the last five years and two at the Granada intersection.
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