By Jim Shilander
Some San Clemente streets that are less heavily trafficked may not be getting centerlines as the city resurfaces a number of streets.
City Transportation Engineering Manager Tom Frank told the City Council that a number of studies had shown that drivers typically slow down on streets that lack a center dividing line. Franks said the traffic studies had found that drivers would often stick closer to the center of the road without the centerline.
Franks said many cities with similar demographics the San Clemente had adopted similar policies. Franks said city staff had met with people in neighborhoods where striping was being considered were notified of the possibility and allowed to choose whether they wanted striping or not.
Franks said that the initial candidates for the pilot project were below 3,000 average daily trips, so the policy would not affect any major arterial streets. If more than 50 percent of a neighborhood asked for striping, however, Franks said the centerline could be put in place.
Streets that will not have the centerline stripe include the following:
East Avenida San Gabriel from El Camino Real to Avenida San Pablo
Avenida Del Poniente from El Camino Real to Calle Puente
El Prado from Aragon to Avenida Del Poniente
Avenida Aragon from El Camino real to Calle Puente
Calle Puente from Avenida Del Poniente to De La Grulla
Avenida San Carlos from Avenida Presidio to El Levante
Areas that have asked to have the centerstripe put in place:
East Avenida Cordoba from Calle Alcazar to Arlena
Calle Alcazar from East San Juan to the end of the cul-de-sac.
Avenida Salvador from San Pablo to 300-feet north of Malagueña