Broadway might be a traffic-filled destination street in some cities, but in Costa Mesa, a city project is attempting to make it the very opposite.
The two-lane Eastside street, which spans the distance from Newport Boulevard to Irvine Avenue, is undergoing an estimated $1.17-million renovation that aims to deter and slow traffic by adding mid-block medians and intersection "chokers."
The Broadway Safe Route to Schools Project also makes sure no parking is lost, adds an asphalt layer on top of the concrete, completes sidewalks and adds drought-tolerant landscaping.
Although still underway, the project is receiving mixed reactions. Some are already praising its success in slowing down vehicles, but others question the safety of those "crazy planters."
Mary Makena says she has been subject to more than her fair share of vehicle noise since moving into her home at Broadway and Santa Ana Avenue in 1979.