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City Meeting on Colusa Ave. Traffic Controls Saturday

The City of El Cerrito is holding a community meeting Saturday morning to discuss possible traffic management measures for Colusa Avenue in El Cerrito between Fairmount Avenue and Terrace Drive.

Following a neighborhood petition last year about traffic problems on Colusa Avenue in El Cerrito, the city has been studying possible remedies and will hold a community meeting Saturday to discuss traffic management measures.

The meeting will be at City Hall from 10-11:30 a.m.

The section of Colusa under study runs from Fairmount Avenue north to Terrace Drive.

Under the city's Neighborhood Traffic Management Program, the city's Public Works Department reviewed a January 2011 neighborhood petition and held a neighborhood meeting in January of this year, according to a recent notice mailed to residents living within 500 feet of the affected segment of Colusa. (The notice is attached to this article.)

The process also has included communication with residents and detailed evaluation by the city's traffic consultant, Fehr & Peers, which will be at the meeting "to present background information and near-term and long-term options for the corridor utilizing a combination of various traffic management measures," according to the city's notice about the meeting.

Residents say that speeding along Colusa is a continuing hazard for people, as well as cars parked on the street. In July, a 17-year-old teen girl was taken to the hospital with an injured ankle after being hit by a car in a crosswalk across Colusa at Fairmount.

Also on July, the city held a community meeting about traffic safety measures on Arlington Boulevard following the death of a 92-year-old woman fatally injured when she was crossing the road and was hit by a bicyclist.

Those with questions or comments can contact city Engineering Manager Yvetteh Ortiz, at 510-215-4345 or yortiz@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

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Geline Covey December 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
a year ago, they told us they had the petition and a survey. to the large turnout at their meeting, it seemed like stop signs would be installed within the foreseeable future--then. how much could 2 stop signs cost? evidently too much for the City. no traffic enforcement means that now more than 15% of drivers exceed 35 mph along colusa. the stretch between fairmont and eureka is a speedway for autos and skateboards.
Lisa Tsering December 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I just emailed Ms. Ortiz and received the following message: "I am out of the office and will return on Tuesday, 1/2/13. If you need immediate assistance, please call the PW General Line at 510.215.4382. Thank you." :-(
Kyle December 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I was in the process of emailing her when I saw your comment here. That's really unfortunate planning if she's the contact person on this issue.
Josh Whitmer December 28, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Hi all: My name is Josh. My wife and I live on Colusa. We have been attempting to get the city of El Cerrito to implement traffic calming measures for 10+ years. We will never give up. Please contact me at 510-528-1056 or at josh@joshwhitmer.com for updates and plans of action on this. We are getting there and I can email out the proposal by the city of el cerrito on this. Thank you. Josh

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