A significant minor arterial in the City, Monterey Road cuts east-west from the border of Los Angeles at the York Ave. bridge to the San Marino city limits in the east. However, only the four-lane western stretch of Monterey between Fair Oaks Ave. and Pasadena Ave. are currently being studied for improvements.
- 1.1 miles - stretch of Monterey Road between Pasadena and Fair Oaks Avenues being studied
- 4-lanes - (2 in each direction) current roadway configuration along this stretch of Monterey
- 60'-84' - existing roadway width
- 35 mph - posted speed limit
- 40 mph - 85th percentile average speed
- 3000 - peak traffic volume weekday afternoons
- 15,700 - average daily traffic volume
As the level of committee member support for the options varied, in 2014 the City Council authorized staff to hire an independent consultant to conduct a road diet impact study before a formal decision was made to select a final design. The consultant was asked to study the impact and feasibility of removing a travel lane to accommodate a center turn lane and pedestrian/bicycle improvements.
- Add a center turn lane between Fair Oaks Ave. to Pasadena Ave to smooth traffic flow and facilitate left-turns into residential and commercial properties
- Add Class II bicycle lanes in each direction
- Remove a travel lane in each direction
- Same configuration as Alternative 1, but limited to the sections of Monterey Rd. west of Orange Grove Ave and east of Meridian Ave.
- Retain 4 auto travel lanes with bike lanes mid-stretch, but remove on-street parking to fit bicycle lane
Consultant Recommendation - Pilot a trial road diet through minimal re-striping of specific, shortened portions of Monterey to test real world impacts on peak hour vehicular traffic, vehicle speeds, queue lengths, and left-turn and bicycle interactions.
South Pasadena Public Works Commission Meeting - On Wednesday 2/11 the first public meeting to discuss the study results will be held by the City's Public Works Committee at City Hall. Persons interested in the project are welcome to attend and provide comment to the Committee.
- When: Wednesday 2/11 (7pm)
- Where: City Council Chambers, 1424 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030
- Meeting agenda
After receiving verbal comment in support of and against the addition of a center turn lane and bicycle lanes, the 4 members of the South Pasadena Public Works Commission adopted the following motion:
- Recommend that the City Council not proceed with a road diet on Monterey Road due to conflicts with the Gold Line crossing.
- Recommend that the City Council proceed with sidewalk improvements on Monterey Road for ADA compliance.
- Recommend that the City Council emphasize El Centro as the east-west bike lane/route alternative.
- Recommend that the City Council proceed with efforts to improve traffic safety and traffic flow on Monterey Road, which includes installation of a signal at Orange Grove and left turn pockets at Diamond & Meridian.
The item will next move to the South Pasadena City Council for further review/consideration. A meeting date is still To Be Determined.