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Stop the screeching brakes on Carmel View

Carmel Valley townhome complexes funnel into eastbound conduit

Roughly 90 Sunstream residents signed a petition for a stop sign at the heavily used intersection in front of their complex.
Roughly 90 Sunstream residents signed a petition for a stop sign at the heavily used intersection in front of their complex.

Every day that she works at home, Niveen Farmer hears the screeching brakes of cars nearly crashing at the entrance to her Carmel Valley condo complex. Her home in the Sunstream complex — 259 townhomes built in the 1980s — is close to the main street into the complex, Caminito Mira del Mar, which empties out onto Carmel View.

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Entrance to Sunstream on Caminito Mira del Mar

Entrance to Sunstream on Caminito Mira del Mar

From where High Bluff Drive ends, Carmel View serves as an eastbound conduit for a number of complexes packed into the area, and its 3/8-mile approach to her complex from the west is a long curving downhill road where drivers tend to exceed the 35 mph speed limit.

"Going out of Sunstream it's white knuckles," she said. In the morning, eastbound drivers on Carmel View also have the sun in their faces.

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"It's just this incredible blind spot for people leaving Sunstream, and you inch out and inch out and then cars come speeding at you," she said.

About 90 other residents — Sunstream has 259 homes — signed a petition for a stop sign at the heavily used intersection. It was the last chance to get stop signs, since the city traffic engineers rejected the neighborhood's request based on their traffic studies.

Caminito Mira del Mar — the subdivision's exit — has a stop sign and poor visibility. The cross street, Carmel View, has a blind spot and no stop sign. That's what Farmer and her neighbor, Kate Ditzler set out to change. 

"We were met with zero opposition," Farmer said. "We've had several individuals tell us how glad they are that we're doing this — people who had their own near misses or who saw an accident there."

Farmer first asked for a stop sign in 2007, she said. "When my son was born, I started staying home and I'd just hear the most awful screeching brakes and horns."

Now she works at home and she can see the intersection throughout the day. It isn't just cars using the road.

"It's very busy.... Joggers, pedestrians, children going to the middle school, dog owners," she said. "I hear horns all the time."

On March 23, the Carmel Valley Planning Group approved her request for a second set of stop signs, transforming the intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way stop by adding stop signs on Carmel View.

"It's great, they totally get it," Farmer said.

Planning group members also wondered if they should ask the city for a painted crosswalk, an idea that got mixed reviews. Many people believe that a crosswalk without a stoplight or sign is unsafe because it gives pedestrians a false sense that every car will stop.

The group decided to ask the city to look at painting a crosswalk there as well.

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Roughly 90 Sunstream residents signed a petition for a stop sign at the heavily used intersection in front of their complex.
Roughly 90 Sunstream residents signed a petition for a stop sign at the heavily used intersection in front of their complex.

Every day that she works at home, Niveen Farmer hears the screeching brakes of cars nearly crashing at the entrance to her Carmel Valley condo complex. Her home in the Sunstream complex — 259 townhomes built in the 1980s — is close to the main street into the complex, Caminito Mira del Mar, which empties out onto Carmel View.

Map

Entrance to Sunstream on Caminito Mira del Mar

Entrance to Sunstream on Caminito Mira del Mar

From where High Bluff Drive ends, Carmel View serves as an eastbound conduit for a number of complexes packed into the area, and its 3/8-mile approach to her complex from the west is a long curving downhill road where drivers tend to exceed the 35 mph speed limit.

"Going out of Sunstream it's white knuckles," she said. In the morning, eastbound drivers on Carmel View also have the sun in their faces.

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"It's just this incredible blind spot for people leaving Sunstream, and you inch out and inch out and then cars come speeding at you," she said.

About 90 other residents — Sunstream has 259 homes — signed a petition for a stop sign at the heavily used intersection. It was the last chance to get stop signs, since the city traffic engineers rejected the neighborhood's request based on their traffic studies.

Caminito Mira del Mar — the subdivision's exit — has a stop sign and poor visibility. The cross street, Carmel View, has a blind spot and no stop sign. That's what Farmer and her neighbor, Kate Ditzler set out to change. 

"We were met with zero opposition," Farmer said. "We've had several individuals tell us how glad they are that we're doing this — people who had their own near misses or who saw an accident there."

Farmer first asked for a stop sign in 2007, she said. "When my son was born, I started staying home and I'd just hear the most awful screeching brakes and horns."

Now she works at home and she can see the intersection throughout the day. It isn't just cars using the road.

"It's very busy.... Joggers, pedestrians, children going to the middle school, dog owners," she said. "I hear horns all the time."

On March 23, the Carmel Valley Planning Group approved her request for a second set of stop signs, transforming the intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way stop by adding stop signs on Carmel View.

"It's great, they totally get it," Farmer said.

Planning group members also wondered if they should ask the city for a painted crosswalk, an idea that got mixed reviews. Many people believe that a crosswalk without a stoplight or sign is unsafe because it gives pedestrians a false sense that every car will stop.

The group decided to ask the city to look at painting a crosswalk there as well.

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