Traffic board approves Half Marathon, Concours event
Street closures required for the 35th annual La Jolla Half Marathon and the 12th annual Concours d’Elegnace car show got the thumbs up from La Jolla’s Traffic & Transportation advisory group, during its Dec. 16 meeting. The board also heard a presentation from La Jolla Boy Scout Luka Stojic, who brought a safety concern for the Muirlands neighborhood to the board’s attention. Requesting temporary street closures and parking prohibitions, Leisha Battles and Michael Dorvillier presented for their respective organizations:
Battles said there would be various types of outreach to affected residents, including the event map and listed street closures, as was provided for the 2015 race. “We had a two-page neighborhood notification that went out to everyone on the route with an early heads-up of the closures,” she said. “And we’ve added door hangers for those near the finish line.” She noted for the 2015 race, organizers were a little late in getting the notifications out, but would give more notice for the 2016 event.
Coast Boulevard immediately adjacent Scripps Park will be closed for the event. A motion to approve the requested street closures passed. More information at lajollahalfmarathon.com
“We try not to have the ‘no parking’ signs up longer than we need to be because it causes confusion,” he said, noting people often read the words “no parking” and don’t look for additional details as to when exactly parking is prohibited. With the assurance that signage will be clear, and given there were no changes from the previous year’s plans, a motion to approve the street closures passed. More at lajollaconcours.com
“At the top of the hill, the speed limit is posted at 40 miles per hour, but there is no (early and clear) indicator that the speed limit will drop to 25 miles per hour (at the bottom of the street near Muirlands Drive),” he said. “I believe there have been several near-accidents.” As a Muirlands Vista Way resident, Stojic said he has been in three or four near-accidents from drivers going too fast as they enter a 25 mile-per-hour zone. Additionally, he reported that cars often drive faster than 40 miles per hour, or are unaware of the speed limit change because of a tree that partially obstructs a speed limit sign.
Although Stojic proposed installing a flashing speed indicator, similar to those on Via Capri and Torrey Pines Road, other suggestions were raised. T&T member Brian Earley proposed a “reduced speed ahead” sign. Although there is one sign on Nautilus that reads ‘25 zone ahead.’ “That would be an inexpensive and easy solution,” he said. “The city typically wants you to know there is a change coming, and it seems like that’s missing here.” Multiple board members also suggested the city look at the tree that affects sign visibility to see if their removal or trimming would be a solution.
T&T chair Dave Abrams said he would relay the concern to the city traffic engineers and ask them to evaluate the situation, so they might find the most appropriate solution. He also thanked Stojic for bringing the matter to the board’s attention.
— La Jolla’s Traffic & Transportation advisory group next meets 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. lajollacpa.org
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