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Oak Knoll/Monterey Intersection to Revert Back to Original Design

After receiving numerous complaints that a new intersection design at Oak Knoll Avenue and Monterey Road was dangerous, the City will restore the intersection back to "normal" on Thursday. Are you glad the intersection will go back to the way it was?

Following an , the City will revert the intersection back to its previous design on Thursday, it announced Wednesday afternoon.

When Patch asked residents what they thought of the intersection change last week, several readers responded with disapproval and concern and 95 percent of readers who took our poll about the revised intersection believed it was dangerous and needed modification.

"I cannot believe the blind spot as you're traveling west on Monterey! It is awful! They better change that back before someone gets hurt," Patch reader Karen Beardsley commented.

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After a little over a week of near-accidents and resident disapproval, the City of San Marino released the following message Wednesday afternoon:

At a meeting of the City of San Marino Traffic Advisory Commission on Monday night it was decided that the intersection of Oak Knoll Avenue and Monterey Road should be restored to its previous design.

The restoration of this intersection will occur on Thursday, May 24, 2012. For this to occur Oak Knoll and Monterey will be closed in this area from 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to email Assistant City Manager Ms. Lucy Garcia at LGarcia@SanMarinoCA.gov

Are you glad the intersection will return back to its previous design? Did you think the recent change was dangerous? Tell us in the comments.

Michele Patzakis Prappas May 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I liked a appreciated the.new configuration, and am very disappointed to hear that it will be removed. I felt the new measures added safety and allowed for quicker and easier passage.
Kristina Brown May 24, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I'm glad that the intersection is returning to the original design. It is gratifying to see that public pressure (with assistance from The Patch) can implement change. Keep up the good work!
Leslee Sherrill May 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Bravo to the city for recognizing and listening to the residents. It was dangerous and did not achieve the desired affect.
Tori Collender May 31, 2012 at 07:04 AM
In the 49+ years I've lived on Monterey a couple of blocks from this intersection I don't remember ever seeing a police officer writing a ticket. It has gone from a trickle of drivers not bothering to stop or sliding through to a flood. Surely having an officer there for a while every day for a week or two would be cheaper than the fiasco of the last couple of weeks. By the way, bicyclists have told me that some of the "calming" provisions currently in effect in the area make the streets more dangerous for them.
Jessica Hamlin May 31, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Thank you for weighing in, Tori. Since the intersection changed back to its original design do you feel it is safer?

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