Some new traffic safety improvements along Los Gatos-Almaden Road should help usher students safely back to classes at Leigh High School in the new year.
Recently completed work included the installation of pylons between car and bike lanes on the north side of the road, near the school’s passenger loading zone. Bulbouts, striping and more pylons were added at the intersection of Los Gatos-Almaden and Lone Hill roads.
“We’ve had some traffic concerns over in that area and had a few community meetings,” said Scott Hughes, staff member for Councilman Don Rocha, who represents District 9. “They were concerned about the safety of kids walking to school, so it’s sort of a long, ongoing project.”
Efforts to beef up safety measures around Leigh High started several months ago and took advantage of the transportation department’s pavement maintenance schedule.
“In the last two months in conjunction with the resurfacing project of Los Gatos-Almaden Road, where we narrowed lanes in both directions in front of Leigh, we added protected bike lanes on both sides and green coloring near the major intersections,” Hughes said. “We used white paint to create a pinching effect and narrowed it so we’ll only have one lane of traffic.”
The pylons and paint should help protect pedestrians and cyclists a little more by creating a visual barrier for motorists. Hughes noted that motorists around the Leigh and Los Gatos-Almaden intersection especially “tended to cut that lane there a little short, which would put bicyclists in a dangerous situation.”
Neighbors have wanted a sidewalk built on Los Gatos-Almaden between Leigh and Carm avenues for several years, but the new additions will have to do until funding for the sidewalk is secured.
Rocha told the Resident earlier this year the biggest hurdle is getting the $1.9 million that the transportation department has estimated for construction. He couldn’t obtain the funds this year, but Rocha said he would like to set aside about $200,000 each year for the project until there’s enough to build the sidewalk.
The total cost for the traffic improvements, approximately $13,000, was funded by the transportation department budget.
Karachi is one of the biggest cities in Pakistan as well as it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. It is not surprising that the city faces many social problems because of population that is constantly increasing. Various traffic problems and hazards are one of the biggest concerns in Karachi.
There are numerous reasons for traffic congestion in the city such as road construction without any traffic diversion plan, increased number of vehicles, encroachments, out of order signals, lack of civic sense.
Traffic situation in Pakistan and particularly in metropolitan city Karachi is getting worse with each passing day. Vehicles are increasing exponentially while roads and infrastructure are not maintained up to standards. Due to this, heavy traffic jams can be observed almost every day. It gives all of us a bad temper and headache in the morning. It definitely causes time and energy loss.
Increase in number of vehicles is one of the major reasons of increased air pollution by gaseous wastes from vehicles. It can endanger human health and welfare of plants and animals, or can attack materials, reduce visibility, or produce undesirable odors.
Pressure horns are nowadays very common in Karachi. They create noise pollution. Noise, by definition, is unwanted sound. It may be annoying; it may interfere with speech communication, relaxation.
All these causes must be checked by good administration and careful planning. Our traffic police should also keep regular check on the speed of motor vehicles, and the licensing department should be a bit stricter while issuing driving licenses to overcome traffic problem.