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Winter Haven parking ban denied by County

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors ratified several recommendations of the county’s Traffic Advisory Committee, including a recommendation against implementing a parking prohibition on a segment of Winter Haven Road.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote March 24 called for the county not to establish a parking prohibition on 275 feet of Winter Haven Road east of Clearcrest Lane. The Traffic Advisory Committee had reviewed the proposed parking ban on Jan. 29 and had recommended against the prohibition while urging community residents and property owners to work together on a fence or other barrier to minimize impacts from Fallbrook Union High School District students using other students’ cars to hide unsanctioned activities. TAC members noted that the problem did not involve traffic safety.

The first 25 feet of the south side of Winter Haven Road east of Clearcrest Lane already has a parking prohibition, and the visibility for motorists making a right turn from Clearcrest Lane to Winter Haven Road is approximately 900 feet. A resident of Shadowcrest Lane requested that the TAC review extending the parking prohibition on the south side of Winter Haven Road to 300 feet east of Clearcrest Lane, citing student parking which has led to loitering, trash, cigarette smoking and drug use in the open area off of Winter Haven Road.

While Fallbrook High School and Oasis High School have student parking lots, Ivy High School does not have student parking.

In the vicinity of the proposed parking prohibition, Winter Haven Road is a two-lane highway 55 feet wide with striping both between the two opposite-direction lanes and at the edge of the road. Clearcrest Lane is 39 feet wide and does not have striping. Winter Haven Road has a posted 45 mph speed limit, which becomes a 25 mph limit when children are present.

No traffic count was taken for the most recent TAC review. A two-way average daily traffic volume of 6,650 vehicles on Winter Haven Road east of Mission Road was the result of a November 2003 survey, while a September 1996 traffic survey at that location indicated a two-way average daily traffic volume of 5,860 vehicles. No collisions were reported along that segment of roadway in the 4 1/2-year period from January 1, 2005, to

July 31, 2009.

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