Tuesday, November 24, 2015 • 08:17

Loading zones near VC school to be modified

New loading zones will be set up near Valley Center Primary School to ensure student safety.
August 13, 2014
The loading zones on the south side of Fruitvale Road near Valley Center Primary School will soon be modified.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Aug. 6 approved the first reading and introduction of the ordinance to replace the bus loading zone from 440 feet east of Cole Grade Road to 630 feet east of Cole Grade Road and passenger loading zones from 530 feet east of Cole Grade Road to 670 feet east of Cole Grade Road and from 830 feet east of Cole Grade Road to 980 feet east of Cole Grade Road with a bus loading zone from 390 feet east of Cole Grade Road to 840 feet east of Cole Grade Road. The second reading and adoption is scheduled for Sept. 17; passage would make the ordinance amendments effective Oct. 17.

Staff from the county's Department of Public Works (DPW) collaborated with Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and California Highway Patrol representatives to address congestion along Fruitvale Road near the elementary school. Increasing the bus-loading zone to 450 feet will allow parental use of the parking lot, which will likely eliminate double-parking and even triple-parking along Fruitvale Road. Red curbing was also installed on both sides of the school parking lot exit for increased visibility.

Although Board of Supervisors approval is needed for regulatory changes, DPW has the authority to install signage. A flashing yellow beacon for westbound traffic has been installed to remind motorists to reduce speeds to 25 mph when entering the school zone, "No U-Turn" signs have been placed on both sides of Fruitvale Road to discourage that activity during school arrival and dismissal times, an oversized "No Stopping Anytime" sign was added along the north side of Fruitvale Road, and a two-way turn lane was added. Roadway width issues led to a determination against edge striping.

On June 13 the county's Traffic Advisory Committee unanimously recommended the modification of the loading zones.

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