Needles, CA: Needles City Council approves traffic engineer study to establish “No Left Turn” signs and “Wrong Way” signs at the Intersection of T Street and Needles Highway.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles (Information and Agenda Packet):

Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council approved a traffic engineer study to establish “No Left Turn Signs” and “Wrong Way” signs at the Intersection of T Street and Needles Highway.

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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 possibility of an accident at the intersection of T Street and Needles Highway by the Panda Garden Restaurant.

Needles Highway has a speed limit of 30 miles per hour at this location.

Heading North along the curve on Needles Highway gives a poor line of sight view for motorist that drive South on T street and try to maneuver across Needles Highway heading Northwest towards the freeway and to North Needles.

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During discussions, members of the Needles City Council discussed the recommendations; Needles City Manager Rick Daniels discussing adding “Right Turn Only” signage from the restaurant parking lot and “No Left Turn” signage along T Street because, “you can’t see” along this blind corner.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams quickly jumped on speaking on the recommendations, asking Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “So legally, we don’t have to do this?” and saying “Because that intersection and the street you’re talking about have been that way since 1970 that I know of. We haven’t need wrecks there, there’s never been any issues with that. People know that’s blind.”

Needles City Council Candidate Ellen Campbell spoke on the recommendations, speaking about her experience leaving that restaurant and almost getting “T-bone” by another vehicle along that blind corner, including the night with her her husband leaving the restaurant when a vehicle approached around that blind curve, and she had to “yank my car out of the way to not get hit or get T-bone.”

Continuing, Needles City Council Candidate Ellen Campbell said, “I’m going to tell you honest to god that’s probably the fifteen time I came really close to being T-bone at night,” and that she’s not the only one who had close calls like that.

Needles City Council Candidate Ellen Campbell then mentions complaints from the community about this intersection, saying, “Seriously we had a lot of complaints about that intersection – “God, can you do something about that” or “Is there anything we can do about that curve.”

Needles City Council Candidate Ellen Campbell then mentions increasing traffic at that intersection from the near by cannabis businesses, saying “I just don’t want to see anyone get hurt there as we have more traffic, and as we have a business (Cannabis) on that corner right there and then another one, so we’re gonna have a little more traffic going in and out of there.”

Finishing her comments, Needles City Council Candidate Ellen Campbell saying “It might be good of us to do something… a little bit on the side of the air of caution… to do something right now to make sure that we don’t have someone kill when we know there’s a problem because there is a problem.”

Shawn Gudmundson spoke during public comments suggesting that before directing traffic to the roadway behind the Red Roof Inn, roadwork improvements need to be done because of the conditions of the roadway being bumpy and in bad shape.

After discussion and debate members of the Needles City Council as well as public input, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously approving the traffic engineer study to establish “No Left Turn Signs” and “Wrong Way” signs at the Intersection of T Street and Needles Highway.

For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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