Traffic concerns raised

The intersection of La Noria and El Camino Real has one Rancho Santa Fe woman concerned. Dolores Cushman feels residents would benefit from a traffic-calming measure at the intersection.

"Practically everybody has to go through that intersection is anxious," said Cushman, who travels through the intersection frequently on her way to visit friends.

Approaching the intersection makes her nervous because she said it is partially blind due to trees on the side of the road. Not helping matters, she said, is the fact that drivers often speed through at 50 to 60 mph.

Cushman would love to see a stop sign put in at the intersection or the speed limit lowered before anyone gets seriously injured.

The Rancho Santa Fe Association is aware that this is a difficult intersection.

Liz Avalon, associate planner, said association staff and the San Diego County Department of Public Works have come out to review the intersection and make recommendations to improve its operation.

A lot of accidents that occur on the street can't be prevented by engineering, Avalon said, such as people pulling out in front of other cars and incidents that stem from people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Stop sign may not work

The association has done their part to help, such as trimming vegetation away from the side of the road to improve the line of sight, Avalon said.

But part of what makes the intersection so difficult is the downhill speed of traffic coming from La Bajada.

The county is reluctant to install an all-way stop there as it might cause more accidents, Avalon said. The concern is that those traveling down the hill would rear-end those waiting at a stop sign.

For now it appears drivers need to watch their speed and be courteous when traveling through.

   
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