Village News Reporter
Two separate Fallbrook Community Planning Group votes May 16 requested that the county’s Department of Public Works review Fallbrook intersections for potential signals or other safety improvements.
One 11-0 vote with four members absent requested that DPW review the intersection of Iowa Street and East Mission Road. The other 11-0 vote requested a review of Aviation Road and South Main Avenue.
Both votes were at the request of community members desiring traffic signals. A pedestrian crossing signal was requested for Iowa Street and East Mission Road.
“This area definitely has some issues,” said planning group chair Eileen Delaney.
A signal might create other issues, so the planning group asked DPW to investigate marked crosswalks as well as a potential signal. “The committee felt it’s something the county needs to look into,” said Roy Moosa, who chairs the planning group’s Circulation Committee.
The planning group’s response to the request for a stop light on Aviation and South Main was to ask DPW for a study of that intersection including pedestrian access needs. “I’m not sure it will meet the criteria for a traffic light,” Moosa said.
A traffic signal would require a regulatory change. Any regulatory change would first be heard by DPW’s Traffic Advisory Committee. The TAC recommendation would be forwarded to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for ratification, rejection, or modification.
If volume or safety considerations cause an intersection to be placed on the county’s Traffic Signal Priority List priority points based on safety and operational improvements rather than the length of time an intersection has been on the list determine the next intersection to be signalized when funding permits.