Grant to fund traffic light at 10th and H streets

A traffic light likely will be installed next year at the intersection of 10th and H streets to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians, according to county staff.

The county Department of Public Works secured a federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant for $900,000 for the signal, said Terry Rayback, program manager of DPW’s Land Use Environmental Group and Capital Improvement Project Development. He expects to seek authority from county supervisors to advertise the project late this year and begin construction in early 2014.

“There are several schools nearby, so bus traffic and pedestrian volume are high,” Rayback said in an email. “Adding a traffic signal will improve vehicular and pedestrian safety by providing positive control for vehicles making turns and pedestrians crossing the road.”

Ramona Community Planning Group approved the funding request for a traffic light in September 2012, after member Carl Hickman noted there had been 33 collisions in the past five years at the intersection. RCPG Chair Jim Piva also said the Ramona Fire Department wanted a signal at the intersection because of its proximity to Fire Station 80.

— Karen Brainard

   
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