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Push for new roundabout at Rio Del Mar esplanade

Posted: Monday, Apr 29th, 2013


Traffic is stalled momentarily by a large lumber delivery truck in the round-about on the Esplanade at Rio Del Mar Friday morning. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)


APTOS — The 10-year saga of the roundabout at the Rio Del Mar Beach esplanade entered a new phase recently, with the release of new design plans and cost estimates totaling $250,000 provided to the county department of public works.

Residents of the beach community have long held that the “kidney-shaped” roundabout is confusing and a hazard to both pedestrians and motorists attempting to decipher the correct flow of traffic and right-of-way.

Four streets — Beach Drive, Rio Del Mar Boulevard, Aptos Beach Drive and Venetian Road — all feed into the roundabout, as well as motorists accessing the beach parking lot. Residents say the existing design encourages people to travel left onto the roundabout rather than the appropriate way.

“It’s poorly designed as it stands,” said Bill Comfort, president of the Rio Del Mar Improvement Association, which has been spearheading the issue since 2003 when the construction project was first proposed.

For the complete article see the 04-30-2013 issue.

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