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Do All-Way Stop Signs Make This Intersection Safer? [POLL]

The all-way stop signs installed this year at the intersections of Amalfi and Entrada drives by the city's transportation department aim to calm traffic and make it safer for pedestrians.

Has traffic and safety improved at the Amalfi and Entrada Drive intersection since the city installed all-way stop signs this year?

A Santa Monica resident filed a complaint with the city, contending the new stop signs "create traffic jams where there were none before."

The stop signs were added after a transportation study found drivers were speeding down the hill on Entrada Avenue, putting kids in danger who jaywalked to cross the street to get to , according to a study by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. There is an access staircase on the southeast side of the intersection that connects to the housing on Entrada Drive hill, with no pedestrian crossings there to date.

New pavement markings and red curbs were also added.

There were no reports of accidents at the intersection before the stop signs were added, according to LADOT.

The Santa Monica resident who complained said the signs look nonsensical, and that if the objective was to slow the flow on to Pacific Coast Highway, it just made traffic worse.

Jerry Huck July 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM
My Gosh yes, it's created a back up nightmare. Please have them do something else, especially if there hadn't been any complaints. For some reason, downhill traffic now seems to at times, almost back up to San Vicente. For some reason, downhill traffic also seems to be backing up as well in rush hour to get onto PCH, and I don't know why, or if the timing of lights have been changed, and I see a lot of cars heading off and up the hill to Amalfi or Brooktree, increasing the traffic for residents of those streets. What a mess. And yet wait, the worse is yet to come when they close lanes on PCH and start working on the California Incline. Bummer.
Ritchie Saunders July 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
This stop sign is totally ridiculous. 7th Street is even worse. Guess someone had lots of pull to get 4 stop signs added on it! People are figuring out how to cut through all the side streets now so all those people are getting worse traffic! There are certainly some brain dead people making decisions! Just glad we can avoid rush hour traffic usually. Probably isn't going to get any better so plan your new way of avoiding this nightmare.
THEBROKER July 13, 2012 at 03:59 PM
There are now new stops on 7th in Santa Monica less than 75 ft apart, WTF is going on?
Leslie Ann July 13, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The stop sign at Almalfi & Entrada and all the new stop signs on 7th between Montana & San Vicente are beyond ridiculous. They were put in to slow thru traffic on these streets and not to assist cross traffic flow - what a stop sign was really designed to do. Traffic is much worse because of these new stop signs. There are already many areas in Santa Monica I avoid - no matter the day or time - because the traffic is now gridlock. Increased business & tourism may have added to the bank accounts for Santa Monica, but it has made it much less desirable to the area residents. Certainly, these added stop signs have made the situation much worse and, as such, the safety compromised.
lahope July 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The stop sign on Amalfi and Entrada has improved the safety for pedestrians and residents. I can finally get out of my driveway safely. For the first time ever, other drivers actually stop to allow me to back out. C'mon folks, it is a residential neighborhood, not a freeway. Before the stop sign some people were driving at freeway speeds. I've seen so many accidents on Entrada and even had my Prius totalled by an uninsured, speeding driver who tried to pass me when I was making a left turn on Amalfi by crossing over the center divider line instead of slowing down. An elderly friend of mine narrowly escaped being hit by a driver speeding down the hill a few months before the stop sign was put it. BTW students and parents who cross a the intersections are not jaywalking, but with the long distance between intersections, the temptation to jaywalk will always be there. Having the stop sign lessens the temptation and increases safety for everyone. BTW you can subtract one of the YES votes and put it in the NO column. I was confused by the wording when I voted.
lahope July 13, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Another place where a stop sign is needed is at the little dogleg where Entrada curves into Ocean Ave Extension. Right now there is a yield sign there, but it might as well not be there for all the good it does. It is extremely dangerous for pedestrians to cross there. Furthermore, drivers speeding to get up to Ocean Avenue make it very dangerous for residents of Mabery to exit their street. These canyon streets are too narrow with too many blind curves to handle all the cut through traffic.
Graham Davis July 13, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Safety first! Make sure you come to a complete and lasting stop at all the new (political) stop signs. Especially when there is no valid traffic engineering reason for them to be there. Sounding your horn for 10 -15 seconds when approaching and stopping at the intersections will also aid in shooing away the stoned kush-heads who may be wandering around on the streets. 30 seconds of sounding the horn between 10 PM and 6 AM is advised to compensate for added hazard of nightfall. Sounding the horn also works to improve safety around any sets of speed humps...
Ritchie Saunders July 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Love it!!!! Also people with headphones on maybe will hear you!! ;)
Concerned resident September 01, 2012 at 08:36 AM
I am one such resident who is directly impacted as I live in front of two of the several stop signs installed to decrease speeds. There are several issues that have resulted: 1. Increased congestion 2. Increase noise due to continual stopping and revving of engines; drivers yelling at each other and pedestrians;3. increased pollution due to the above and cars idling in traffic. As a resident I can tell you this has been a terrible, noisy, and ABSURD "solution". This has been a nightmare Yo anyone living on 7th street. AND I can tell you, drivers do not stop at the stop signs, even for pedestrians. If you are a resident please look for upcoming meeting in sept to fight this measure!
THEBROKER October 17, 2012 at 03:59 AM
And now the new stop signs on 7th have been removed, what sort of test was this?
Ritchie Saunders October 18, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Someone had a GREAT idea...Right?? What a waste of money! At least 2 are gone!!!

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