Petition opposes traffic signal at Alameda de las Pulgas and Eaton Ave.

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A proposal for a traffic signal at the intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas and Eaton Avenue in San Carlos, near the Redwood City border, is facing opposition.

A MoveOn.org petition launched by a San Carlos resident had received 123 signatures as of this writing.

The four-way intersection is currently slowed by stop signs. The City of San Carlos plans to install a traffic signal there with the aim of reducing congestion and backups on Alameda de las Puglas during peak hours.

Some residents are concerned the traffic signal will pose safety issues, saying it would encourage drivers to speed through a green or yellow light.

“In both instances, we fear the safety of pedestrians and other drivers will be compromised because drivers aren’t forced to stop and lower their speeds throughout our residential zone,” the petition said. “We worry about distracted drivers cruising through the green light, looking at their phones, skipping through a red light and more.”

The petition acknowledges a “slight slowdown during the morning and evening commutes for those heading to Clifford Elementary of I-280 via Edgewood Road,” but said the city’s policies should favor the safety of residents who live near the intersection over drivers passing through.

The petition asks residents to attend the March 26 San Carlos City Council meeting to vocalize opposition to the plan.

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