Students in Garden Grove may see some traffic improvements on their commute to school soon.
The Garden Grove City Council voted 5-0, to add a traffic signal on Chapman Avenue and Lamplighter Street to the city’s Traffic Signal Priority List, along with previous approved intersections’ updates and improvements during Tuesday’s council meeting.
The city council also heard from two concerned parents who talked about the intersection of Lampson Avenue and Lamplighter Street in front of Pacifica High School during public comments.
The two parents spoke about the dangers that students face from crossing the intersection, especially since an accident involving a student occurred a month ago in the area.
“How many accidents does it take before it becomes a priority?” Garden Grove resident Beverly Walsh said during the meeting.
Garden Grove resident Norelle Thompson, who has a 12th and ninth-grader attending the high school, voiced concern about the drivers who attempt U-turns in the narrow intersection.
“It’s only a two-lane street and obviously you can’t make a U-turn on that one without hitting the kids on the curb,” Thompson said.
She said that her own children are even frightened to cross the intersection.
“Even my two kids, who go to Pacifica, are scared to walk across the street because of that,” Thompson said.
Councilman Kris Beard expressed concern over the intersection, especially since he has a child who also attends the school.
“I go by there every day…I drop my son off at that same location,” Beard said. “Enforcement is the biggest thing right now.”
Walsh suggested during the meeting that speed limits also be reduced to 25 miles per hour, which Mayor Bruce Broadwater echoed.
However, Bill Murray, public works director for the city, said that speed limits were regulated by the state’s vehicle code. Murray suggested a speed study could determine a lower speed limit.
Murray also said the intersection suggested improvements were on a previous priority list.
“We are going to go out there and update that signal including the left turn phasing and with new signs and street markings,” said Murray, in regards to the Lampson Avenue and Lamplighter Street intersection.
Traffic signal modifications will also be made on the intersections of Chapman Avenue and Springdale Street, Brookhurst Street and Lampson Avenue and Garden Grove Boulevard and Partridge Street, Murray said.
The city council also approved a motion, 5-0, for usage of funds for a relocation project that would cost $240,000.
The Site C Project, according to the report, will be on a 5.5 acre-parcel that will be used for the development of up to three hotels, which will include conference space and retail, entertainment and dining entities.
Nine students of the Garden Grove area were also honored as they will embark to South Korea for the Sister City Association Exchange Students program. This will be the 23rd year of the program.