RESIDENTS CALLING FOR TRAFFIC RELIEF : NEIGHBORHOOD ROAD OVERUSED.
Grey Rock Road residents want the city to reduce traffic in their neighborhood, claiming the feeder street to Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Kanan Road has become a thoroughfare.
``It's a small residential pocket of the city of Agoura Hills that daily suffers the intrusion of almost 9,000 vehicles,'' said Nicolas Liakas, one of 42 homeowners who signed a petition asking the City Council for relief.
``We're not looking for an expensive fix, but we are looking for at least some accommodation both to control the volume and the speed of traffic,'' Liakas said.
City traffic engineers acknowledge the residential road is exceeding the traffic volume it was designed to handle but say that speed humps installed in 1989 have been effective in slowing traffic.
``Grey Rock Road is experiencing a volume of traffic, on a regular basis, that exceeds the environmental capacity of the residential character of the roadway,'' traffic engineer Ed Cline stated in his report for the City Council. ``It is this factor that led to the decision in 1989 to install a series of speed humps in an effort to slow the prevailing speed of traffic on the street. The effectiveness of this program is still being realized.''
Traffic has been an issue in the city's north-central neighborhoods since the late 1980s, when a dozen speed humps were placed on two stretches of Grey Rock to slow motorists.
There are about 800 homes in the neighborhoods bordered by Kanan on the east, Grey Rock on the west, Thousand Oaks Boulevard on the south and Fountainwood Avenue on the north.
Residents on Grey Rock have been most outspoken in calling for more traffic controls. They claim the 40-foot-wide road collects commuters who avoid congested Kanan by using Fountainwood and Laro to reach Grey Rock and ultimately the Reyes Adobe Road interchange with the Ventura Freeway.
Residents also claim parents use the same route to drive children to Willow Elementary School on Rolling Oaks Road at Laro.
Responding to the most recent petition, traffic engineers tracked vehicle trips, speeds and turning patterns on Grey Rock, Laro Drive and Fountainwood Avenue. More than 8,800 daily vehicle trips were recorded, and the average speed on Grey Rock alone ranged between the speed limit of 25 mph and 28 mph.
Cline recommended that the council make no changes that would affect the traffic pattern. He expressed a concern about a proposal by residents to close Grey Rock at Laro, which Cline said would increase traffic on Fountainwood and Laro and add to congestion at intersections on Kanan Road.
City Manager Dave Adams said sheriff's and fire officials also have urged the city to keep the road open.
``They said the street shouldn't be closed because of the impact on response times,'' Adams said.
Liakas took issue with the traffic engineer's recommendation that no change is needed. He said that the council report discussed only the controversial proposal to close Grey Rock and did not deal with additional speed humps, stop signs and other alternatives.
``The report is unsympathetic,'' Liakas said. ``You have vehicles constantly exceeding the speed limit, yet the report concludes that that's OK and nothing needs to be done.''
``We can still look at some additional work at keeping speeds down, but the vast majority of traffic coming out of there is generated by that subdivision,'' he said.
The City Council is scheduled to discuss the problem at its meeting Wednesday. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 30101 Agoura Court.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Aug 27, 1996|
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