Council tables Lawrence Road stop sign discussion

Members give staff more time to flesh out overall plans for traffic-safety improvements in area

The Danville Town Council held off on voting about whether to add a new three-way stop sign to Lawrence Road, tabling their discussion Tuesday to allow staff more time to develop a traffic-safety project for the residential area.

Some residents have voiced concerns at times during the past decade or so, according to town officials, about speeding, car wrecks and other driving issues in the neighborhood, located off Camino Tassajara near Diablo Vista Middle School in southeastern Danville.

After conducting speed surveys and traffic counts in the area last month, town staff recommended a safety plan that first called for a three-way stop at the intersection of Lawrence Road and Jasmine Way.

That proposal drew mixed reviews from citizens who attended the council meeting Tuesday night at the Town Meeting Hall.

Eight speakers expressed support for the new signs while 11 people informed the council of their opposition to the plan, according to Geoff Gillette, town public information coordinator.

The three-way intersection, situated amid a slight curve along Lawrence Road, currently has a stop sign for drivers on Jasmine Way, but no stops for those on Lawrence Road.

Installing the new stops signs, at an estimated cost of $500, was recommended as the first phase of a traffic-safety project along the section of Lawrence Road, which has a 30 mph speed limit.

A potential second phase, which was not set for discussion Tuesday, would bring a raised median to Lawrence Road from Plumeria Court to 80 feet south of Jasmine Way.

Rather than vote on just the stop signs, the council decided to wait and give staff additional time to flesh out the overall project for the residential street, according to Gillette. The discussion was continued indefinitely.


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Posted by Cchriste
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

How very disappointing that this was tabled indefinitely and there is not more urgency. With two recent accidents that have taken down trees, what are we waiting for? A human fatality? Our family no longer feels safe walking around the curved portion of the road near Jasmine.

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Posted by Lisa P
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Speed bumps are a better idea than a stop sign.

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Posted by dmom
a resident of Danville
on Mar 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

Speed bumps will not work due to the large trucks and horse trailers that travel down Lawrence for the rural residents who reside there. There is already a stop sign less than 400 feet away from this intersection. There is no reason to have the traffic stop every 400 feet. I also don't see how a stop sign is going to stop speeding cars with drunk drivers. A center median, which was also proposed, is a better solution to stopping the cars from traveling across the road into the front yards of the houses. Barriers would also work, but the town of Danville doesn't want the liability.

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Posted by Stop Sign LOL
a resident of Danville
on Mar 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

It's interesting that the homeowners Lee and Cammack have not done a thing to protect their homes and families except to complain to the Town, and to expect all of their neighbors south of Jasmine to endure another stop sign 24/7/365. Did you notice that none of the measures they demand have any effect on their daily driving? Yeah, and they want someone else (taxpayers) to pay to have them installed. For the last five years they knew they bought a lemon (their choice of lot location on a busy street) and they did nothing proactive like installing a few landscape boulders in their front yard. Come on ladies, put on the big-girl panties already.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Mar 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

Good point Stop Sign LOL. If one feels in danger they should take measures to protect themselves. Especially since barriers would be the most effective way to protect that cul de sac. Danville has a policy that states stop signs should not be used for speeding - as does California State and US Transportation. The reason - stop signs don't work for speeding and can create safety issues. I understand, Danville made a commitment to Lawrence Rd. residents, when they realigned that road to make the curve, that there would be no stop signs. Now, the Danville staff says there was no commitment. Very concerning!

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