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The City of Carlsbad is seeking input from the community to develop a plan to reduce speeds and improve safety on La Costa Avenue between El Camino Real and Rancho Santa Fe Road.

An online survey is available through the city’s website, and the city will hold three workshops at the Stagecoach Community Center, 3420 Camino De Los Coches, all from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 26
  • Thursday, June 23

According to city traffic engineer Doug Bilse, one of the plan’s main goals is to enhance the residential character of the La Costa neighborhood while maintaining the roadway’s function as a main east-west corridor.

The first workshop, on April 28, will provide information to the public on the planning process and solicit input on:

  • Community goals and desired outcomes for the plan
  • Traffic issues and concerns to be addressed regarding La Costa Avenue
  • Preferences for traffic devices and improvement options

At subsequent workshops, the city will present technical information about possible options and ask the community to weigh in on the ultimate solution.

Some of the options the city will ask the community to consider are roundabouts, traffic signals, changing the number of lanes, landscaped medians, and adding sidewalks and bike lanes. Bilse emphasized that city staff has not made any decisions as to what needs to be done on La Costa Avenue, and the community will drive the final recommended solutions, so long as the plan meets the city’s overall objectives.

Over the years, traffic has increased along the heavily traveled road, which links eastern Carlsbad with Interstate 5 and the coast. The road was developed when the La Costa area was part of the County of San Diego, prior to being annexed to the City of Carlsbad in 1972.

Driveways have direct access to the road, which has a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit. This is the primary safety concern raised by residents because it is a challenge to enter and exit driveways, especially during busy traffic times.

The city has already taken steps to improve safety, including installing warning signs near residential driveways, posting more speed limit signs and installing digital signs that tell drivers how fast they are going. Traffic engineers say more changes should be made to balance the needs of motorists with the quality of life for those who live in the neighborhood.

“Ultimately, we need to permanently change the character of the road to improve the quality of life for neighbors in the area,” said Bilse. “Our goal is to discuss all the options with the neighbors, commuters and other stakeholders to find the best one. It is very important that the improvements to La Costa Avenue do not introduce new traffic problems on adjacent roads like Levante Street.”

To take the online survey and, for more information, visit the city’s website at http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/traffic/Pages/LaCostaAvenueImprovementPlan.aspx.

The City of Carlsbad is seeking input from the community to develop a plan to reduce speeds and improve safety on La Costa Avenue between El Camino Real and Rancho Santa Fe Road.

An online survey is available through the city’s website, and the city will hold three workshops at the Stagecoach Community Center, 3420 Camino De Los Coches, all from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 26
  • Thursday, June 23

According to city traffic engineer Doug Bilse, one of the plan’s main goals is to enhance the residential character of the La Costa neighborhood while maintaining the roadway’s function as a main east-west corridor.

The first workshop, on April 28, will provide information to the public on the planning process and solicit input on:

  • Community goals and desired outcomes for the plan
  • Traffic issues and concerns to be addressed regarding La Costa Avenue
  • Preferences for traffic devices and improvement options

At subsequent workshops, the city will present technical information about possible options and ask the community to weigh in on the ultimate solution.

Some of the options the city will ask the community to consider are roundabouts, traffic signals, changing the number of lanes, landscaped medians, and adding sidewalks and bike lanes. Bilse emphasized that city staff has not made any decisions as to what needs to be done on La Costa Avenue, and the community will drive the final recommended solutions, so long as the plan meets the city’s overall objectives.

Over the years, traffic has increased along the heavily traveled road, which links eastern Carlsbad with Interstate 5 and the coast. The road was developed when the La Costa area was part of the County of San Diego, prior to being annexed to the City of Carlsbad in 1972.

Driveways have direct access to the road, which has a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit. This is the primary safety concern raised by residents because it is a challenge to enter and exit driveways, especially during busy traffic times.

The city has already taken steps to improve safety, including installing warning signs near residential driveways, posting more speed limit signs and installing digital signs that tell drivers how fast they are going. Traffic engineers say more changes should be made to balance the needs of motorists with the quality of life for those who live in the neighborhood.

“Ultimately, we need to permanently change the character of the road to improve the quality of life for neighbors in the area,” said Bilse. “Our goal is to discuss all the options with the neighbors, commuters and other stakeholders to find the best one. It is very important that the improvements to La Costa Avenue do not introduce new traffic problems on adjacent roads like Levante Street.”

To take the online survey and, for more information, visit the city’s website at http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/traffic/Pages/LaCostaAvenueImprovementPlan.aspx.