After its staff worked with the neighborhood, the Pleasanton City Council will have the opportunity to use traffic calming methods to divert cut-through traffic back onto main thoroughfares on the south side of town.
Last month, the city’s traffic team met with people living in the Junipero and Independence neighborhoods to share the plan to make it painful for motorists to get off Bernal Avenue or Sunol Boulevard and cut through on the residential streets.
The plan, developed by city traffic engineer Mike Tassano, calls for four sets of speed bumps on the two streets, plus two new crosswalks with the lighted features serving the neighborhood park. If the City Council approves at its first September meeting, then Tassano hopes the first round of measures can be added on to existing street projects so installation should be relatively quick.
The plan required two-thirds of the neighborhood to support the installation of the bumps.
Unlike some streets where the traffic calming has been installed (think Crellin Road at the top of Vintage Hills where it’s neighbors driving too fast by neighbors), the Junipero-Independence is true cut-through traffic — likely commuters — although I will confess taking Independence to Junipero to avoid the First Street/Bernal intersection.
It’s not quite as bad as the situation was on Riddell further south. There, southbound commuters were taking a left turn off jammed Sunol Boulevard to Riddell Street, then turning right onto Happy Valley Road, right back onto Sunol to have a left turn onto the I-680 south ramp during the jammed morning commute. The city, with overwhelming support from the neighborhood, established new signage…
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