Traffic Light Needed at University Dr and Menlo Ave.
Original post made by Amy Klein on Nov 16, 2006
hit by a car as she attempted to cross the street at the corner of
Menlo Avenue and University Drive. How many more people will be
injured or killed before we deal with the safety and traffic issues at this corner?
Two years ago, the present council decided to reposition the
crosswalks and stop signs. Poles equipped with orange crossing flags
were also added. According to a report in the Almanac in September
2004 the cost for a new traffic light was estimated to be "$162,000 as opposed to $6500 for the stop sign and new striping."
This is one issue that needs to be revisited. Perhaps, when our new
council is seated, we can find the money to avert injury, save lives, and improve the traffic flow at this dangerous intersection.
on Nov 16, 2006 at 11:09 am
maybe you should ask why the city gave back the $100K bond to Draegers that was supposed to pay for the signal as part of their expansion? Business as usual for M.P.
on Nov 16, 2006 at 2:14 pm
I drove past that accident and wondered what it was! Thank you for informing everyone about it, Ms. Klein.
This crosswalk is so dangerous, particularly at dusk and after dark.
Why doesn't the city install a lighted crosswalk like the ones on Santa Cruz Avenue?
on Nov 17, 2006 at 8:07 am
This is a very dangerous intersection, but I deeply fear that putting stoplights there will make it more so. The reason is that many people on foot and in cars, accelerate to "make" a light. Some even go through while it is turning red. Having worked in SF for many years, I have seen bad behavior like this; unfortunately, it seems to be migrating to our town, too.
I would like the city to try better lighting, above and in the ground, to improve visibility. Also, to look at moving the crosswalk that goes across University to the other side of the Menlo intersection. I think the diagonal crosswalk is very confusing, especially to drivers unfamiliar with the area. And it puts pedestrians in the crosswalk at different places than drivers are accustomed to seeing them.