The issue of speed along the upper reaches of Livorna Road was a topic of discussion at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Alamo Roads Advisory Committee. Alamo resident Mary Macleod, who lives on Falcon View Court near Livorna Road, addressed the committee.
"I'm very concerned. The cross traffic when we pull out is dangerous. There are people who ride it like a rollercoaster," she said.
Macleod said when the road is busy it is very hazardous trying to get out from the side streets and courts along Livorna.
In addition, she said there is a crosswalk to Livorna Park at Miranda and it is dangerous for pedestrians trying to cross. "I've nearly been run down," she told the committee.
Currently the speed limit on Livorna Road is 35 miles per hour. It was recently raised from 30 mph after a California Highway Patrol traffic study concluded that 35 was a safe speed for the roadway.
Macleod said that speed is too fast for the traffic coming down the hill. "At least from Miranda on up it should be lowered," she said. "It's an accident waiting to happen."
Committee member Vicki Koc agreed that there is a speed issue in that area. "From the east going to the west they just sail along there," she said. "The way the road winds, you come over the crest and you can't see the crosswalk until you're on it."
Committee member Mike Gibson suggested putting a warning sign along the roadway in that area. "It does seem to me because of the rolling hills that people drive pretty fast and when you come up over the crest of the hill it's not great because the drivers can't see it," he said.
Macleod said a warning sign would be a good start. "Ultimately, what we need (at Falcon View Court) is a stop sign. I don't want a stop sign, I don't want to listen to cars stopping and starting, but this is a safety issue."
Contra Costa County Civil Engineer Mike Carlson suggested the committee take up the issue with the CHP, since the road is its jurisdiction. "It comes down to enforcement," Carlson said. "You can make the speed 15 miles or 50 and people are going to drive at the speed they feel comfortable."
Committee members said they will continue to look into the issue as well as check with CHP on enforcement along the roadway.