Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Small Turnout Hears Plans For Placentia Avenue Medians

The meeting held Wednesday evening at the Emergency Operations Center for interested neighbors who live close to the proposed Placentia Avenue Median Project.  A dozen people attended, including a couple staffers and some consultants.

Director of Public Services, Ernesto Munoz and Transportation Services Manager Raja Sethuraman, told the small gathering about the proposal and showed some graphics depicting the plans as currently anticipated.  They requested input from the attendees.

We learned that this project will be funded primarily through over $844,000 in federal grant money - approximately 75% of the anticipated total cost.  Kudos to Munoz, Sethuraman and their team for finding this funding.

We learned that the roadway will not be widened for this project, nor will any of the many driveways and signaled locations be modified.  And we learned that it is not anticipated that Placentia would be repaved following the installation of the landscaped medians.

We learned that the objective is to slow traffic speeds on the section of Placentia between Wilson Street and Adams Avenue, where accidents are frequently reported, including one very recently.  The assumption is that the installation of landscaped medians will give the appearance to drivers of a narrower street, which might slow down some of the speeders.  One attendee suggested we just hire a cop to be visible in the area... seemed like a good idea to me.

We learned that there are two plant palettes - one Mediterranean and the other California Native Plants - that will be used on this project.  The Mediterranean look would be installed at the ends of the project and the California Natives would be planted adjacent to Fairview Park, in the center of the project area.

We learned that this project will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission at their meeting on October 23, 2014.  If the commission approves the plan it would be put out to bid and would be subject to final approval by the City Council early next year.  It is anticipated that the project might begin a year from now and would likely be completed by the end of 2015.

From the conversations I heard at the meeting, most of the attendees were grateful for the information and the opportunity to express their views.  Unfortunately, the net that was cast - folks within 1,000 feet of Placentia were notified - seemed not to draw much of a crowd.  Residents and others will have a chance to express their views to the Parks and Recreation Commission in October and, of course, can contact the Transportation Services Division at City Hall anytime at 714-754-5032.

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Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

Back in the day, a cop was ALWAYS planted down at Swan Circle, without fail. Not sure why that ever ended, but it did seem to help slow things down. These medians might look nice, and if they're paid for by grant funds for the most part, might not be a bad idea.

9/18/2014 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Interesting thought about slowing the speed on the road.

There are streets in Costa Mesa that need attention more than this one though. I'm wondering if there are speeders and an accident occurs, wouldn't the trees be a danger?

9/18/2014 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

And after all these trees are planted, will Mensinger get another several $100k from the city to yank them out and put in what he wants?

9/18/2014 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous seedling said...

haha i was thinking the same thing @distguested Republican... how long until they say JUST KIDDING-- lets rip them all out and put different kinds of plants?

To be honest that street has never made sense to me. It does feel like a 45mph area but its 35-40.. my only ticket in 10 years has been right there on the downhill portion going a whopping 42. Its always felt like entrapment when you have a downhill AND a reduction in the speed limit (from 40 to 35) at the same time with a cop planted there..

9/18/2014 05:31:00 PM  

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