Letter to the Editor: Levante Street is a Dangerous Road the City Ignores

"It [Levante] should and can be a street that people feel safe on and cars are not flipping over in front of your house at midnight due to speeding, which occurred late last year," explained Kim Wolf in this Patch Letter to the Editor about wh

My husband and I bought our first home here in the beautiful city of Carlsbad on Levante street. We were new to the neighborhood and at the time we were not aware of the pass through traffic and the ever resilient speeders. After just 2 months of living in our home (December 2009) we contacted the city's traffic department with our concerns. I knew I must not be the only one with concerns and now after 3 years of fighting for a "neighborhood" street, I see I am not. I have been in contact with Jim Murray the  lead traffic engineer who has, over 3 years, listened to me monthly show my concerns about the street. I have watched the lengthy process that this project has gone through and can still not wrap my head around how something that has been begged for from their own Carlsbad residents could take over 10 years to complete.

We now have a 8-month-old son that when I bought this house I imagined him playing out in the front yard. I now realize that what is marked as 25 mile per hour street is most definitely not.

I am constantly calling the local police to help enforce all the speeding vehicles that treat Levante as their thoroughfare to get from point A to point B. I have a sign that I have had up in front of our house for over a year. It reads, " We live here, please drive slow." Whether or not this does any help I do not know but it is the only thing we as residents can do since the city is not willing to make the changes that need to be made. 

Levante is a residential street that has people and children walking, riding their bikes and walking their dogs daily. It is a HOME to people that want to be able to walk out their front door without somebody speeding by. It should and can be a street that people feel safe on and cars are not flipping over in front of your house at midnight due to speeding, which occurred late last year. My husband and I are having to fight for simple new measures (stop signs) that will keep our community livable and safe. It is unfortunate that this has been pushed aside and I'm continually told that, "There just isn't room in this month's city council meeting." 

Thank you
Kim Wolf

glenn bernard January 17, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Drivers can speed through stop signs, but they cannot speed through roundabouts.
barbara segal January 17, 2013 at 05:16 PM
kim...i understand your concerns and sympathize with your fruitless efforts to get the city to do something to deter speeders. I've been trying to get the city to install stop signs at several intersections around my home, and all I get is a response about how previous studies have shown it's unnecessary. I plan to go to the city council.
Tapple January 17, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Kim, I agree Levante has been a problem for many years and unfortunately your realtor should have 'disclosed' this to you before purchase and the seller may have had an obligation to disclose this condition as well. That said, the CPD has conducted speed enforcement programs on Levante and the majority of violators cited are local residents and not out of the area commuters. The City should install traffic calming measures; but when government fails to act than average people like you and I can institute change. Talk with and organize your neighbors and document a Plan of Action which might include: canvassing the neighborhood with a flyer – ‘pleading for slower travel’; representation and appearance in force at City Hall; additional homemade signage on Levante and strategic placement of private vehicles to calm traffic. Unfortunately the only representative on the Council from our quadrant of the City, Ann Kulchin is retiring and now we are now completely unrepresented.
City of Carlsbad January 18, 2013 at 08:10 PM
FYI, this issue is scheduled to go before the City Council 1/29 (the agenda and all the background info will be posted on the city website the friday before).
M Clark March 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Roundabouts are an expensive farce. I have nearly been sideswiped on the roundabout near Legoland several times. The morons out here don't have a clue how to use them. The one on Leucadia Blvd continually has someone too impatient to yield as they should and they choke up the circle. I really don't care to see anymore of these expensive chunks of asphalt. The laws need to be enforces since the drivers seem to lack driving manners.


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