In a recent guest commentary, Laurence McEwen accused me of unilaterally deciding to remove the left turn restriction at Cherry Lane and Treat Boulevard in unincorporated Contra Costa County. Ironically, he is asking me to unilaterally ignore the public process and decide to maintain a temporary restriction that should have been reviewed many years ago.
Let me be clear: There has been no decision made regarding the traffic restriction, and I am committed to letting the public process continue.
The left-hand turn restriction was a temporary measure to mitigate for the construction that was taking place both at the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART station and at the 680/24 interchange.
The restriction was never revisited (as it should have been) and now, there is an expectation among some in the community that it remain in place.
Traffic studies are being conducted on Cherry Lane to obtain data about the amount of traffic and speed.
Once we have more data, we will be able to make a decision based on facts.
Contrary to Mr. McEwen's statement, I take the safety of school children, residents, and commuters who live and work in Contra Costa Centre very seriously. Asking residents in the area to consider a possible change is not a threat to their safety.
There may be actions that can be taken that would actually be advantageous to all, but we will never know if we are not willing to consider making a change to the way things have been.
Karen Mitchoff is Contra Costa County Supervisor, District IV