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By Allison Jarrell
Following a City Council majority vote in January to halt the widening of a 0.9-mile segment of Ortega Highway known to many residents and commuters as the “choke point,” City Councilman John Perry and Mayor Pro Tem Kerry Ferguson presented a new proposal at the council’s Feb. 2 meeting for staff to investigate installing a traffic signal at Avenida Siega and Ortega Highway as well as “no parking” zones along the north side of Ortega Highway.
Reasons given for the proposal included the “dangerous situation” residents experience when they attempt to enter and exit residential neighborhoods along the highway. Perry and Ferguson said the traffic would be “pulsed” with a traffic light, “causing gaps in the traffic flow” and “allowing safer entry and exiting along Ortega.”
With a 3-2 vote—Councilmen Sam Allevato and Derek Reeve dissenting—the council directed staff to look into installing the traffic signal and “no parking” zones.
For background on the council’s decision to stop the widening of Ortega Highway, read our Jan. 8 cover story “Backtracking on the Bottleneck” here.