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Watsonville City Council to consider traffic calming device

Modified: Friday, Feb 8th, 2013

The Watsonville City Council is discussing the installation of a round-about in the intersection of Clifford Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue as opposed to the existing four-way stop. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to place a traffic-calming circle, otherwise known as a rotary or roundabout, at Pennsylvania Drive and Clifford Avenue, possibly spurring debates by wary residents who remember a similar failed plan four years ago.

In July 2009, the council approved 4-3 a plan to place a calming circle — designed to slow the flow of traffic along busy streets — in the center of the 100 block of Holm Road.

The plan, which cost the city $10,000, angered residents, who said the circles did little to slow traffic, caused congestion and made traffic conditions more dangerous. Residents also called the circle an eyesore.

About a month after it was installed, the council approved on a 6-1 vote a plan to remove the circle, prompted in part by a petition signed by nearly 150 people.

Traffic calming circles were also to be installed at the intersections of Arthur Road and Hammer Drive, Blackburn and J streets, Clifford Avenue and Hammer Drive, and Hushbeck and McKenzie streets. Citing the community opposition and the removal of the first circle, however, city leaders indefinitely postponed those plans.

For the complete article see the 02-09-2013 issue.

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