By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: City of Needles (Information and Agenda Packet):
Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council accepted engineer traffic study and approved removing striping, reseal, and restripe Needles Highway from N Street to M Street and from L Street to K Street,
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The vote occurred during the regular meeting of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority that was held on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, which you can watch at ZachNews on Facebook.
Documents from the City of Needles said on September 14, 2021, City Council directed staff to conduct a traffic study to reduce the number of cars stopped and waiting at the signal light traveling on Needles Highway heading toward North K Street and connecting to the Colorado River bridge. On our last pavement improvement on the North end of K Street at Needles Highway, the looping signal on the pavement was disrupted and needed to be reinstalled. When the looping system was reinstalled the controller box at the signal light was not reset.
Last Thursday, September 30th, staff had the signal light controller box reset and the traffic is flowing properly on all directions, we will be observing this new set up for 30 days to see if any other adjustment needs to be made. City Staff is proposing to remove the existing stripes, including the turn pockets from N Street to M Street and L Street to K Street on Needles Hwy. and restripe 2 blocks with 3 lanes of traffic. This change will facilitate a safe flow of vehicles creating a longer refuge lane for the motorists driving on Needles Highway to turn left on to North K Street, and for motorists driving on Needles Highway that want to turn left on N Street.
The restriping of 2 blocks will allow longer turn pockets to accommodate more vehicles turning. Cost of removing the existing striping, reseal, and restriping Needles Highway and installation of the signs will not exceed $5,000.00 and the work will be completed by the Department of Public Works.
The recommended action to members of the Needles City Council was to provide direction to staff and accept engineer study and Remove Striping, Reseal, and Restripe 2 blocks of Needles Highway from N Street to M Street and L Street to K Street,
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During discussions, members of the Needles City Council discussed extending of the left turn lane along eastbound Needles Highway approaching North K Street, and extending of the left turn lane along westbound Needles Highway approaching West Broadway; helping to better flow of traffic, especially for those who are turning left, and those who are just heading straight and don’t want to get stuck in a traffic jam of left turn motorists.
Also, reprogramming the traffic signal was done so to help better flow traffic through these very busy intersections, and making sure that the coils operating properly that make the sensors for the traffic signals to stay turning or green.
There was also discussions about making a “No Left Turn” sign as you leave the parking lot of The Healing Center so vehicles don’t cross into the left turn lane or get caught up in the traffic trying to make a left turn.
These intersections are very heavily traveled going from Needles, California to Mohave Valley Arizona and vice versa; a route also known as the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Corridor which in February 2017 received some improvements as part of the the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project that included new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, and will be replacing paving and striping, utility relocation, drainage devices, and retaining walls where they are needed, as well as will widen the road to ease turns at intersections and replacing the old flashing red light signals with new actual traffic signals (Green, Yellow, and Red Lights) at the intersections of J Street and West Broadway, West Broadway and Needles Highway, and Needles Highway and North K Street.
Before and after the improvements, these intersections have seen it’s share of traffic jams especial during the busy holiday weekends, and have also seen several traffic collisions at these intersections.
After discussion and debate members of the Needles City Council as well as public input, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to accepted engineer traffic study and approved removing striping, reseal, and restripe Needles Highway from N Street to M Street and from L Street to K Street.
For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.