Spurred by neighborhood concerns about speeding cars, Palo Alto officials are considering installing a four-way stop at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Newell Road in Crescent Park.
The city has been fielding complaints in recent months from residents near the city's East Palo Alto border about the increase in traffic in the area around Edgewood Drive and Newell Road, a problem that some feel will be exacerbated when the city proceeds with a reconstruction and expansion of the Newell Road bridge. On Thursday night, March 7, the city discussed possible traffic-calming measures in the area at a community meeting, said Palo Alto's Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said the city presented a menu of possible solutions, including speed tables, improved crosswalks and feedback signs that display the speed at which vehicles are traveling. The city also presented the option of bringing new stop signs to the intersection of Hamilton and Newell -- a proposal that earned support from a group of about 10 residents who attended the meeting. Under the current configuration, Hamilton has stop signs, while Newell does not.
Given the feedback, Rodriguez said the city would further explore the idea of adding stop signs to Newell, which he said is used by about 3,000 cars per day, a fairly typical volume. The next step will include going door-to-door and talking to residents near sites where the signs could be placed.
Rodriguez said that while the city doesn't typically install four-way stops as a traffic-calming measure, it makes some sense in this case because of the volume of cars, the character of the neighborhood and the fact that children use the street to reach Duveneck Elementary School.
"There were concerns expressed about what to do to make sure this area is safe for crossing and to reduce vehicle speeds," Rodriguez said.