Monday, July 15, 2013

Riverside & Fletcher Drives: What Kept Traffic Moving On Surface Streets During The Monday Morning, Post-Tanker Fire Commute?

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 15, 2013, 9:48 AM.  Traffic officers directing traffic at every intersection on Fletcher, as far as I could see into Atwater.  (Click on photos to enlarge.) 

There may have been a lot of traffic on our surface streets, but it was not as chaotic and hostile as it was over the weekend.  I also think commuters were smart enough to take alternate routes where possible & leave extra early or later for work.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 15, 2013.  There were 2 traffic  officers keeping things moving on Fletcher & Riverside.  I've seen a lot of traffic at this intersection (yes, after 9 AM) & this was amazing.  

Today also proved why Riverside Drive is a designated "secondary highway."  There is no way it will ever go on a "road diet."  This is the second time this year the 5 Freeway has been closed during the morning commute. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 15, 2013.  While the traffic was much heavier than usual on Riverside Drive in front of Allesandro Elementary School, it kept moving.   I also noticed roving traffic officers checking side streets like Gilroy & Newell (potential cut-through intersections) in our corridor.

Kudos to City Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell (CD13) & Tom LaBonge (CD4) for ensuring enough City workers on hand to keep traffic flowing through our major streets and not through the residential neighborhoods.