The purpose of the grant is to provide for additional walking, biking and outdoor exercise opportunities in the immediate area while encouraging safe social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction in vehicle traffic will enhance health and safety by providing safer, low volume public street areas for socially distanced active recreation.
Traffic signs (plastic K-Rail and lighted A-frame) and barricades were placed at entrances to the neighborhood by the City on June 29th, 2020. The streets impacted are Hayes Street/Washington Avenue (Jackson Dr. to La Mesa Blvd.) and Ohio Place (Jesse Ave. to Parks Ave.).
The intent is to reduce vehicle speeds and “cut-through” traffic, as well as limit traffic within the neighborhood generally to residents only. The signs and barricades will be placed in the roadway as a warning to motorists, but will not physically prevent access by residents, service vehicles or emergency vehicles. These traffic control devices will be reflectorized and lighted, but additional caution should be exercised when entering or leaving the neighborhood, day or night.
As noted above, this program is temporary and the signs and barricades will be removed after the 30-day pilot period is over, approximately the end of July.
We apologize if you experience any inconvenience during implementation of this pilot project. One of the goals of the project is to gather feedback from the community on the benefits and challenges of this type of project, as well as recommendations that may be applied to future neighborhood traffic calming projects, so your comments are important to us.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the City of La Mesa Engineering Department at 619.667.1166.