21 April 2014

On the Skids in Carbon Canyon #15839

Yet again, an eastbound driver on the S-curve along Carbon Canyon Road in Chino Hills between Carriage Hills and Summit Ranch has taken the sharp turns too quickly and gone off the road.  The latest incident occurred sometime this weekend.  A wild guess would be late at night/early in the morning on Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.

This time, instead of merely taking down a sign (the one in the foreground above was just taken out and replaced and the red fender pieces were from an incident just last weekend) or pushing back a bollard protecting a light pole, the result was significant damage to a stone-covered post at the gated entrance to a house, including the obliteration of a mailbox and the vertical realignment of the post.

The gate and fencing, which runs along the length of the curve, has been damaged at least several times before in the decade or so this blogger has resided in the canyon.  Presumably, insurance will cover the substantial cost of rebuilding, but something like this will certainly happen again.

At this rate, it could be next weekend.


Autumn Jones said...

This man has replaced his wall and structures of the outside of his home more times than I can count. He is a very nice man. I had the pleasure of meeting him when we were evacuated from the fire in November 2008. I can only imagine he is tried of replacing the structures and the city can't do a thing about only caltrans can. Let's see how far that goes.

Autumn Jones said...

This accident happened Monday afternoon. My mom passed it on hey way home.

prs said...

Hi Autumn, thanks for your comments. A number of instances of damage have been noted over the last decade living in the Canyon. It's too bad the homeowner has to deal with these recurring issues. However, there is definitely something the city of Chino Hills could do, which is send its police department (i.e., sheriff's department) to patrol the canyon. Policing Carbon Canyon Road, even though it is maintained by Caltrans, is the responsibility of the city. Certainly, occasional patrolling can't stop everything, but, currently, there is almost no presence at all. If drivers knew that there was at least a reasonable chance that police officers were patrolling, especially on evenings (specifically weekend evenings) when more speeding is done, you've got at least some possibility of changing conditions. As it is now, there is no hope because nothing is being done . . . except damage to public and private property and occasional injury and death.