Dear Street Smarts,
Q: I live in Lompico, a community above Felton. There is a sign on lower Lompico Road just before it meets with Zayante. It states that from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be ‘delays’ on Feb. 4, and ‘road closed’ on Feb 5. For that part of Lompico Road, there is no alternative at all to either enter or leave. If the road is truly to be closed, that seems to be a
potentially dangerous situation. Would you please check and see if on Feb. 5 there will at least be one-way traffic.
Lisbeth Brown, Felton/Lompico
A: Yes, Lompico Road will be completely closed Feb. 5. No ifs, ands, buts or awes about it.
“The Feb. 5 closure of Lompico Road is necessary for the safe removal of a very large – 150 ft tall – douglas fir tree that is precariously growing out of the road embankment putting the road at risk of failure,” said Steve Wiesner, assistant director or county public works.
The removal project involves a large crane, he added.
“The closure window of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. was chosen to allow for commuters and parents taking kids to school to exit the area and return at reasonable times,” Wiesner explained.
The contractor working on the project is “prepared to remove the closure very quickly in the event that emergency vehicles need to ingress or egress the area during the closure window,” he said.
Lompico Road users can expect one way traffic controls Feb. 4 and Feb. 6 to allow crews to prepare for the tree removal and final cleanup.
“We hope this answers your questions and alleviates concerns regarding the planned closure and emergency access,” Wiesner said. “We appreciate the patience of the traveling public while we implement this necessary tree removal on Lompico Road.”
Stay on top of road closures and construction projects in the unincorporated parts of the county online at http://www.sccroadclosure.org/.
School bus safety awareness
The Traffic Safety Coalition, a Chicago-based nonprofit, has released a video that promotes safe driving practices around school buses. Specifically, the video calls out drivers for illegally passing school buses stopped with their red “Stop” crossing arm deployed and red flashing lights blinking.
When that arm is extended and red lights are flashing, children are around, entering or exiting the bus and they may cross the street right in front of you.
Check out the video and tell me what you think,
Meanwhile, learn more about school bus safety by studying California Vehicle section 22112 at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22112.htm.
By the way, citations for illegally passing a school bus can run between $150 and $250, not including fees and penalties, for a first offense, according to the DMV’s website. For a second offense, the fine jumps to between $500 and $1,000, again minus fees and penalties. A third offense within a three year period leads to a suspended license for up to one year.