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FCPG supports recommendation of traffic signal for Green Canyon at Mission intersection

The Fallbrook Community Planning Group (FCPG) voted unanimously to support the decision of the county’s Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC) to place the intersection of Green Canyon Road at Mission Road on the county’s Traffic Signal Priority List.

“I think that road (Mission) is way too fast and I think we have to figure a way to slow it down,” said Tom Harrington, FCPG secretary, during a circulation committee meeting held six days in advance of the FCPG’s monthly meeting on April 18. “I think having a signal is one way to do it.”

Mission Rd. has a posted speed limit of 50 mph at the location as well has heavy traffic volume, which can make turning left (south) from Green Canyon Road a harrowing experience.

“This is a big opportunity for us to address a major traffic flow problem on one of our higher-speed roads,” said Harrington. “I would say stopping traffic there for whatever increment of time is going to cause people to think about slowing down a little bit, by the intersection if nothing else. I think it’s going to make turning movements out of Green Canyon safer by all means.

“I’d like to make the motion that we support the TAC in pursuing the signalization of that intersection, but also request further study of site distances for northbound traffic and other traffic calming measures on Mission,” concluded Harrington.

The members of the circulation committee unanimously passed the motion and then relayed its recommendation to the FCPC at the April 18 meeting. Ann Burdick, chair of the circulation committee, made the motion at the FCPC meeting.

"I would like to make the same motion that we made at circulation, that we approve the intersection being place on the Traffic Signal Priority List, but when the improvements are designed, dedicated turn lanes and the re-grading of the embankment on the east side of South Mission at the intersection should be considered," said Burdick. "In addition, county staff should study all of South Mission to determine if any other traffic calming improvements could be employed."

After hearing the motion, the FCPC voted to back the TAC's recommendation.

If the San Diego County Board of Supervisors ultimately ratifies the TAC recommendation, the intersection of Green Canyon Rd. and Mission Rd. will become the seventh Fallbrook location to make it onto the Traffic Signal Priority List, which currently has 17 intersections on its roster.

Priority points – not length of time on the Traffic Signal Priority list – determine the next intersections to be signalized when funding is available. Consequently, some locations have been on the list for a very long time, including the intersection of Fallbrook St. and Old Stage Road, which made the roster in 1996.

The other Fallbrook locations on the Traffic Signal Priority list are: Fallbrook Street and McDonald Road (put on list in 2002), East Mission Road and Santa Margarita Drive (2011), Stage Coach Lane and Fallbrook Street (2001, work currently in progress), South Mission Rd. and Pepper Tree Lane (2010), and Stage Coach Lane, Brook Road and Calavo Road (2010).


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