Residents Calling for Stop Sign at 'Dangerous' Intersection

Posted at 4:14 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 19:14:16-04

MIRA MESA, C.A. — Residents in Mira Mesa are calling for the city to install a four-way stop sign. 

“The need for a stop sign is very real,” said Serene Heinz Romero who has lived next to Montongo Street and Westmore Drive for nearly five years. 

She said she often sees cars speeding down Montongo Street, not realizing cars are stopped at Westmore Drive, inching to turn. 

“After people hit that stop sign, people just gun it down the hill,” she said. 

Last year, she and some neighbors decided to ask the City to put in a four-way stop sign. The city denied their request because no accidents were reported from 2012 to 2015.

“Instead of being active after the fact of an accident, we want to be proactive,” said Romero.

In a statement to 10News, the city said: "In this instance, the request for an all-way stop did not meet the criteria outlined in Council Policy 200-08.”

The assessment looked at accidents and the number of cars that drove by. 

“I don't think there should be a fatal accident, like there have been at other insertions in Mira Mesa, to warrant putting a stop sign in,” said Romero. 

The intersection is just a few hundred yards from Hickman Elementary School. 

Concerned residents can e-mail the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group.

A spokesperson for Councilman Chris Cate’s office said if the Planning Group deems it necessary, their office will write a memo to the city asking for the four-way stop sign to be installed.