The MacArthur Traffic Calming
project, which was recently completed in the unincorporated Burbank community of District 4, is an exciting example of the work my office has been diligently digging into behind the scenes throughout the year.
This project came to my office early in my first year of my first term, when residents shared with us during a neighborhood association the chronic speeding issue that had plagued this part of their community for years.
As people often use MacArthur Avenue as a way to
cut through traffic and commute time, the residents felt sped reduction
measures were needed to protect the families and children in the area. My team investigated the issue, I worked to reallocate $95,000 from our 2019-20 budget, the County Department of Roads and Airports completed a study in November 2019, we liaisoned with both County and City staff to look at what options were available and began meeting with the communtiy to discuss solutions in February 2020.
After the community reached a consensus that was feasible to execute - installation of dynamic electronic speed sign and the installation of a series of speed humps - our office worked with Roads and Airports to get these installed. We also worked with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo's office to secure their commitment to the fix of a south-facing stoplight at San Carlos and MacArthur.
We initially hoped for a speedy process, but
COVID-19 and smoke from the recent wildfires complicated certain aspects of the
project and postponed the project for several months. Thankfully, the Burbank community now has traffic calming installed along MacArthur Avenue in the form of new signage and speed humps.