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Letter: School traffic clogs busy intersection in La Cañada

September 30, 2013

I have a daily commute that takes me through the intersection of Hampton Road and Foothill Boulevard.

In the vicinity of this intersection is a designated parking lot, located under the 210 Freeway overpass, for the Flintridge Preparatory School. When school is in session, traffic congestion in this area becomes extremely problematic in the mornings, typically around 8 a.m. In addition to the regular traffic flows, there are competing flows to the school that aggravate the normal rate of traffic congestion in the area. This is coupled with flows to JPL and flows to the other schools in this eastern portion of the city.

Even more concerning is that it seems every year at least one car accident occurs as a result of the raging traffic through this intersection. Not only are newly licensed teenage drivers who are looking to get to school on time at an increased risk of an accident, but surrounding pedestrians and morning bicyclists run the risk as well. The city should look into this matter and conduct a dialogue with Flintridge Preparatory School administrators to discuss possible solutions.

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Daniel Drugan
La Cañada

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