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Corona del Mar Today: Neighborhood speed issues briefly discussed

January 29, 2011|By Amy Senk
  • A crane hoists mechanical equipment to the roof of the Port Theater on Tuesday morning.
A crane hoists mechanical equipment to the roof of the… (Daily Pilot )

A Newport Beach City Council study session on traffic-calming measures touched briefly on two areas of Corona del Mar — Bayside Drive and Coast Highway, near the Cameo neighborhoods.

The Tuesday study session took a look at citywide traffic-calming measures, but the Corona del Mar issues will be discussed again in future meetings, city officials said.

Councilman Ed Selich complained of speeders along Bayside, and other council members discussed a recent speed survey that resulted in an increase to 45 mph of the stretch of Coast Highway between the Cameo neighborhoods and Poppy Avenue.

Public Works Director Steve Badum said after that meeting he met with some Cameo residents and discussed possible ways to protect pedestrians despite the speed increase. Possible measures include a countdown traffic light for pedestrians and higher visibility signs.

At the Jan. 11 council meeting, several Cameo residents testified that the speed limit increase in that area could be dangerous for children crossing Coast Highway to the association park and to the beach path. The Cameo neighborhood spans Coast Highway.

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City Manager Dave Kiff said the area could be re-surveyed, and there would be future meetings to discuss possible safety measures.

Council members also discussed ways to slow traffic on Bayside, including the possibility of adding roadway dots that make noise when cars travel outside traffic lanes.

"My guess is we'd be taking them down after a few months because of complaints of the noise," Badum said, adding that the raised dots also could create a hazard for cyclists.

Port Theater work continues

A crane hoisted mechanical equipment to the roof of the Port Theater Tuesday morning, briefly closing Heliotrope Avenue at East Coast Highway.

Crews at the job site remain mum about the theater renovations, but earlier this month, workers requested two inspections.

"The building permit is still active and the construction is still going forward," said one city official. "The progress is just slow."

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