Schipske Calls Public Meeting Regarding Hawaiian Gardens Traffic Proposals

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traffic-lightFifth Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske will host a public meeting with the community on June 11 at Newcomb Academy to discuss concerns over Hawaiian Gardens’ changes to intersection near El Dorado Park Estates.

Schipske issued the following statement after learning that the City of Hawaiian Gardens, which borders the El Dorado Park Estates area of her council district has released plans showing an extension of 226th Street westward to connect with Pioneer Boulevard; the removal of a portion of a cinder block fence and tree at Pioneer Boulevard; and the placement of a 4-way stop on the Long Beach side of Pioneer Boulevard to mitigate the increased traffic coming from 226th Street on to Pioneer:

“I am opposed to the proposals of the City of Hawaiian Gardens to extend 226th Street westward to connect with Pioneer Boulevard just north of El Dorado Park Estates for the following reasons:

  • First of all the City of Long Beach was not given sufficient notice of this proposal before Hawaiian Gardens started its work on it;
  • Second, while the extension of 226th may be part of Hawaiian Gardens’ “master transportation plan” it severely impacts on the City of Long Beach;
  • Specifically, the increased traffic flow from 226th Street will intersect at a curved area at Pioneer Boulevard which according to our own Traffic Engineer is dangerous and will no doubt cause accidents;
  • Removal of a portion of a cinder block fence and a mature tree at Pioneer Boulevard is not acceptable as both are owned by the City of Long Beach;
  • Placement of a 4-way stop on the Long Beach side of Pioneer Boulevard is not acceptable as it will impede the flow of traffic and is being planned because traffic experts know that the intersection at that location of 226th and Pioneer Blvd is problematic.

“I understand that Hawaiian Gardens has condemned and removed two homes just north of the Long Beach city line in order to facilitate the re-routing of 226th. I commend them for removing what was horrible blight but call upon them to reconsider their plans and to route 226th Street slightly north of where the two homes were removed after the point where Pioneer Blvd., curves to prevent future accidents and the placement of a 4-way stop inside Long Beach.”

“I am holding a community meeting on Thursday, June 11 at 6 pm at Newcomb Academy Auditorium at which time our City Traffic Engineer and an Assistant City Attorney will be on hand to discuss our options.”

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