15 February 2010

Updates on the Olinda Village Traffic Signal Controversy

The traffic signal saga continues with two comments lately left on the 12 February post on this subject:

Anonymous said...

I was forwarded a copy of this email.
Subject: New Traffic Light Carbon Canyon Rd and Olinda Place/Ruby Drive
Brea, CA

I am responding to your emails to address your concerns regarding the subject traffic signal. I would like to let you know that our traffic and electrical engineers, City of Brea police officers, and engineers from the City of Brea inspected and monitored the traffic signal today and it was found to have a faulty (stuck) sensor which was causing the light to change to red more frequently than it should have. The sensor has been reset and is functioning normally. At the conclusion of monitoring the signal timing for three hours, the timing has also been adjusted. Caltrans will be monitoring and surveilling the signal timing through to next Thursday, especially in peak periods, and we will make any further necessary adjustments. This is the usual and normal process with a new traffic signal installation.

Please also be aware that the signal permittee is the City of Brea and the signal was fully funded by the City. Caltrans will maintain and operate the signal after acceptance. The permit has not been signed off (meaning the signal is not yet accepted) as there are some minor items with the permit still to be corrected.

I would like to thank you for bringing this matter to our attention, and hope that you are satisfied with our immediate response to your concerns. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.


Tracey Lavelle
Office Chief, Public Information/Governmental Affairs/EEO
Caltrans - District 12 Orange County
(949) 724-2031 office
(949) 279-8552 cell
(949) 724-2748 fax

canyon lover said...

On Tuesday there is a City Council Meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 7 pm. There is a growing group of people from the village who are planning to go and speak about the signal issues during "Matters From The Audience" (usually toward the beginning of the meeting). If you are so inclined, it is a good idea to attend to ensure that city staff knows the extent of the problem and our discontent.

So, we will see whether the change in the sensors and timing will correct the problem and also what the results of public comment at tomorrow night's Brea City Council meeting will be.


Toe.Knee said...

Just wanted to let people know @ 8:10 AM (Monday 2/15) I did see Caltran's People there working on the electrical box by the signal. When me and the group of cars travelling through the bend were able to see the light, it did seem more responsive, but since it was President's Day and not a lot of people were using that road today,
I couldn't tell if it worked better than before. I guess we'll have to see later in the week.

Thank you Anonymous for sending that letter out and thank you Caltrans work responding so quickly.

Anonymous said...

I'm going the class action crowd on the east side of the mountain to file suit! Your limiting road access to an overwhelming majority of Inland Empire taxpaying commuters and severly delaying emergency services response in the canyon during peak commute times.

Anonymous said...

What was the name of the restaurant/bar half way through the canyon? I used to ride my motorcycle there and stop for a coke or lunch. They tore it down and I'll be darned if I can remember the name. I heard some Japanese investors bought the hot springs rights

prs said...

Hi anonymous, sorry for the delay in getting back on this. You're thinking of the restaurant that was where the old cottages and picnic area used to be at the La Vida Mineral Springs resort. There were a variety of names to it. Put "La Vida" in the search box on the right side of the main page of this blog and you'll get a list of many posts here that deal with La Vida, including when the restaurant was finally torn down about a decade ago. Thanks for commenting and checking out the Chronicle!