By Chris Nichols 10:01 a.m.Feb. 7, 2013
SAN MARCOS, CA — New safety measures are on the way for a curvy stretch of San Elijo Road in San Marcos, following complaints from residents about recent crashes near Eclipse Drive.
The stretch of road is about a mile north of San Elijo Hills elementary and middle schools.
On Wednesday night, the San Marcos Traffic Safety Commission approved plans to add: A new curve warning and speed advisory sign in the roadway’s median; new reflective covers for all new and existing traffic signs in the area; and raised pavement markers.
The citizen panel also OK’d plans to request more speed enforcement from the sheriff’s department along the 45 mph four-lane stretch of San Elijo, which has a steep grade and connects the upscale community of roughly 7,000 people to the rest of San Marcos.
Finally, the panel also approved requests for San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to install guard rails to protect company utility boxes that have been damaged in past crashes; and approved plans to install speed radar feedback signs for the area at a later date.
Residents in nearby neighborhoods lost power for several hours after two recent crashes into the utility boxes.
In the past five years, the city has logged five traffic accidents along San Elijo Road near Eclipse, which feeds into the Meridian and Mariner’s Landing residential neighborhoods of about 200 homes, according to a city report.
Causes for those accidents included unsafe speed, improper turning, drunken driving or a combination of those, the report said.