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ORANGE : Residents Fear Traffic From New Project

East Orange can expect the new year to bring construction of a 300-home development on the slopes and knolls east of Crawford Canyon Road--a project that will include the extension of that road.

Neighbors have told the Planning Commission and the City Council they are concerned that linking the road north to Cannon Street may create an irresistible shortcut from Orange to the Imperial Highway.

That would bring an inevitable flow of fast-moving traffic through residential neighborhoods, they told officials.

“We feel like we’re guinea pigs up there,” resident Bill Rizzigliono said during a Dec. 19 City Council meeting at which the project was approved.

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He and others asked that traffic controls be put in place before roadway construction begins for the new Crawford Hills development, to be built by BA Properties of Los Angeles.

Bernie Dennis, the city’s traffic engineer, assured residents that stop lights and signs will be installed as needed.

The city will monitor traffic at six intersections within 45 days after completion of road construction to determine what kinds of controls would be appropriate, Dennis said.

Provisional speed-limit signs of between 25 and 35 miles per hour will be posted, and crossing guards will stand near school sites, he said.

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