Dear Street Smarts,
Q: My family, including young children, lives on Kennedy Drive in Capitola. Not only do we have to put up with big rig trucks using Kennedy Drive all day and all night, but now we are faced with a huge amount of increased traffic from the closure of Park Avenue. We are outraged at the lack of communication on the part of Capitola public works to inform residents that Park Avenue will be closed daily until April 2013.
I have spoken to my neighbors along Monterey and Kennedy Drive, and not one had any communication from the city that there would be a road closure and that there would be increased traffic and disruption on Monterey and Kennedy Drive. Drivers are running through the stop sign in front of our house, and it is making it almost impossible to back out of our driveway. This is also a safety issue for many pedestrians on our street that include students from the middle school and many families who live in this neighborhood, including the residents of Capitola Knolls. Not to mention the safety hazards to residents we have already noticed from the big rig trucks that travel from the commercial part of Kennedy Drive to the residential section.
We hear these trucks at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., which has to be breaking Capitola’s noise ordinance, but more importantly is a safety issue on our residential streets.
We need the city to take action now. This is a major safety concern in our neighborhood.
Nicole Conley, Capitola
A: Danielle Green of the Covello Group, the contractor working on the project , has reached out to you and announced that the following guidelines have been enacted:
- Details of what to expect will be provided to you and other residents living in the construction area;
- Additional 25 mph speed limit signs will be posted along Monterey and Kennedy;
- More stop signs will be posted at current stop locations along those two streets;
- The city of Capitola will continue to enforce traffic law in the construction zone.
The project involves installing sewer lines in 20 foot deep trenches and 30 foot deep excavation shafts, and using cranes to hoist 50 foot steal beems, among other things.
That is why the contractor decided to shut Park down for the project because a one-lane traffic control scenario would pose to people traveling through the construction area while increasing traffic delays and slowing down the project’s progress.
Meanwhile, the commercial truck traffic you mentioned is not related to the sewer project, Green said.
Work on the project will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through April.