Santa Paula Times

Council asks that Highway 150 traffic signal be studied

February 14, 2003
Santa Paula City Council
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesIn reaction to the latest accident on Santa Paula-Ojai Road which slightly injured a young boy, the City Council asked that the city manager look into mitigation measures, including asking the state transportation agency to provide a street light where Highway 150 intersects with Virginia Terrace. Although the street ends at Highway 150, there is a market, pizza parlor and other businesses located across the street and is a popular crossing point.The accident occurred Monday, Feb. 3rd at approximately 6:07 p.m., Fire Chief Paul Skeels said Tuesday.Mario Juarez, 9 of Santa Paula, was struck in the crosswalk while attempting to cross Santa Paula-Ojai Road at Virginia Terrace. SPFD EMTs and ambulance paramedics treated the boy at the scene, said Chief Skeels.“It didn’t appear the boy had any serious injuries,” noted Chief Skeels, but Mario was transported to Santa Paula Memorial Hospital “where he was checked out and released. . .he was complaining of a hand injury.”Several council members at the Jan. 21st meeting mentioned the accident while discussing future agenda items.Councilman Ray Luna said he was concerned about the accident and the building traffic problems on Santa Paula-Ojai Road, which is state Highway 150.
“I would like to find out what’s going on and see what Caltrans is doing to mitigate that problem,” said Luna.Councilman Rick Cook said he saw the aftermath of the accident on his way to the council meeting. Doing anything at the intersection would be up to the state, he noted, which could complicate the installation of a traffic signal.There is a traffic signal at the intersection of Santa Paula Street and Highway 150, but it is the last one between the city and Ojai, about 17 miles away.On Nov. 21st, a 5-year-old Santa Paula girl was struck and injured while attempting to cross Santa Paula-Ojai Road at Park Street, two blocks north of Virginia Terrace.