Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works



February 17, 2011


March 1, 2011







Honorable Board of Supervisors


James C. Porter, Director of Public Works


Installation of “Yield Here to Pedestrians” Signs and Markings in Advance of a Midblock Crosswalk on Alpine Road, Ladera Area



Adopt a Resolution authorizing the installation of “Yield Here to Pedestrians” signs and markings in advance of a midblock crosswalk on Alpine Road, Ladera Area.



California Vehicle Code Section 21351 et al. allows local authorities, in their respective jurisdictions, to install traffic signs as may be necessary to control traffic within an intersection.


California Vehicle Code Section 21950 directs drivers of vehicles to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in marked crosswalks and in unmarked crosswalks at intersections.



Several residents, in the Ladera area, have requested that staff review the traffic control devices at the marked midblock crosswalk on Alpine Road near 3249 Alpine Road. One resident reported being struck by a car while walking her dog in the crosswalk.


Staff investigated the request and recommends that “Yield Here to Pedestrians” signs and markings be installed in advance of the existing midblock crosswalk on Alpine Road to provide advanced warning to motorists of pedestrian crossings. A map of the proposed changes is shown in Attachment “A.”


Property owners on adjacent blocks extending a minimum of 300 feet from the proposed traffic control locations were notified when the Board will consider this item. In addition, the Ladera Community Association was likewise notified. Staff received support from four residents and an objection from one resident regarding the proposed traffic control devices.


The location of signs on County maintained streets are shown on maps in the Department of Public Works, and will be made available in list form on the Department’s web site. The master lists will be updated to reflect the recommended change if your Board approves the proposed resolution.


Approval of this resolution contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of a Livable Community by providing traffic controls that help regulate the traffic flow through neighborhoods in a way that best fits the needs of the community.


County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form.



The cost for staff time involved in evaluating and processing requests for traffic regulations is part of the administrative cost associated with evaluating traffic-related requests on the County maintained road system, and is financed with Road Funds. The cost of installing the necessary signs and markings is approximately $1,500 and will be financed with Road Funds. There will be no impact to the General Fund.


Attachment “A”:

Map of Proposed Traffic Control Device Locations and Public Input Summary