Solution to traffic causing more problems in Talmadge neighborhood

Stop signs added to control flow of traffic

SAN DIEGO - Stop signs were installed to control the flow of traffic in the Talmadge neighborhood, but some residents say it's actually made it more dangerous than ever before.

10News observed several cars lined up for about half a mile at a new stop sign in the Talmadge area. Thirty feet away, drivers were making left turns where posted signs read "Right Turn Only."

"Where's the public safety factor? And nobody cares about … they care about their commute time getting to work," said Talmadge resident Mark Dedario.

Dadario has lived in the area for three years, and his home has been struck twice.

"I have my own automotive parts department in my garage of all the rearview mirrors that end up in my driveway," said Dedario.

He and some other residents said there have been 32 accidents in the neighborhood in the last five years. They gathered police reports and went to San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

"They made a convincing case that met all of the criteria for putting stop signs in here," said Emerald.

The street was designed for 6,000 daily commuters, and there are approximately 15,000 drivers every day.

Elvia Sandoval, who lives right in front of the new all-way stop, told 10News, "The community is upset with us because of the city's decision; all we're trying to do is solve an unsafe problem."

Despite rumors, Sandoval said she never threatened to sue the city if the signs weren't put up.  

10News heard from dozens of upset residents who said the problem got worse after the signs were installed because drivers are looking for ways around the intersection.

"I'm wondering how long it's going to take before someone gets injured from someone barreling down an alley that's usually a walking path," said Talmadge resident Stephanie Abernathy.

Abernathy told 10News police have been there during the morning commute.

"The traffic police are now waving people through it because it's such a problem," Abernathy said.

The city told 10News they will keep them up a few weeks while they look for alternate solutions.

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