What is the “Balboa Crossing”, What Will it Do, and When Will it End?

First, I apologize for the bad photo.  These signs never come out on my phone.

Second, no, the “Balboa Crossing” has nothing to do with a church.

Third, it’s a crosswalk project.

Fourth, no: It’s not the flashing crosswalks that the community has been waiting for.

The “Balboa Crossing” project is a project to re-paint the crosswalks on 45 intersections for a cost of $425,000, or $9,444.44 per crosswalk.  The national average for crosswalk repainting is $2,500, with a top-end crosswalk being $5,700 and the low-end being $600.  How are we spending 2-4x the national average, and a whopping 16x more than when someone gets a “good deal”?  Ask Councilwoman Diane Dixon, who was the one who spearheaded this project in her district, who also ignored over a thousand calls by residents in support of flashing crosswalks which cost about $5,000 per intersection (when done in multiples of 5 or more).

The project will seek to move our current crosswalks into what a city-paid consultant said were better crosswalks, known as “continental stripes”, pictured here:

The crosswalk project was done in response to a study done by the aforementioned consultant, who came up with these safety figures for each crosswalk:

Balboa Crosswalk Safety, source: http://www.newportbeachca.gov/home/showdocument?id=56176

To execute this project, workers will close one lane at a time to paint, potentially causing some major congestion along the way.  The project will last until 6/15, just one week before summer officially begins to roll in on 6/21.




About Mike Glenn

Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport and Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at michael.glenn@devion.com