Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works



February 9, 2011


March 1, 2011







Honorable Board of Supervisors


James C. Porter, Director of Public Works


Removal and Relocation of One Stop Sign on Audubon Avenue in the Montara Area



Adopt a Resolution authorizing the removal and relocation of one stop sign on Audubon Avenue in the Montara 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.



Several residents in the Montara area have requested that staff review the current traffic controls at the intersection of Audubon Avenue, George Street, Acacia Street, and Kanoff Avenue.


Staff investigated the request and recommends that the stop sign on Audubon Avenue at 4th Street be removed and relocated to the intersection of Audubon Avenue and George Street, as the removal and relocation will eliminate confusion of a 4-way intersection in which only three parties are required to stop and will assign right-of-way to the through street at the preceding intersection. A pedestrian warning sign will be installed on the existing post in place of the stop sign. In addition, staff recommends the installation of a “CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP” warning sign to be installed under the existing stop sign on 4th Street at Audubon Avenue to alert drivers of the new traffic controls. A location map 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 Midcoast Community Council was likewise notified. Staff received support from four residents and objections from two residents regarding the proposed changes to 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 removing and relocating the necessary signs and markings is approximately $2,000 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