A troublesome intersection that was altered last year will be changed once more, the City Council decided on Tuesday.

City staff began to receive complaints from motorists traveling southbound on Rancho Viejo Road toward Junipero Serra Road, not long after lane upgrades were applied to the intersection in the spring of 2011. Currently, one of the three southbound lanes on Rancho Viejo Road acts as both a right-turn and through lane. Problems arise in that lane when the right-turn signal turns green, but drivers traveling south impede those trying to turn right onto Junipero Serra Road.

“The fatal flaw in this is the green arrow,” said Jim Ross, the city’s interim public works director.

The City Council approved a plan that will create four southbound lanes on Rancho Viejo Road by doing away with an existing landscape median and turning it into a through lane. The plan will also turn the dual lane into an additional right-turn only lane, while the original right-turn only lane will be designated for drivers heading onto Interstate 5.

Construction is estimated to cost $39,700.

“I’m not a fan of spending an extra $40,000 after something has just been completed and should have been perfect the first time around,” Councilwoman Laura Freese said.

The city will begin the process of accepting construction bids for the project.

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