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COSTA MESA : Traffic Signal to Be Added Despite Protests

Developers will install a traffic signal at the entrance to the new Metro Pointe Shopping Center under construction on South Coast Drive, despite opposition from residents who live nearby.

Residents of the Greenbrook neighborhood complained about the signal, saying it would be too close to Greenbrook Drive and create safety problems by causing traffic backups that would block access to South Coast Drive. Some said there are too many traffic signals on South Coast already--one about every 400 feet.

Developers, however, said the signals are needed to help prevent serious traffic accidents. City traffic studies also concluded that the signal is necessary.

City Council members voted unanimously last week to allow the signal, but said it will not begin operating until the Metro Pointe project, which is being built by Arnel Development Co., is completed late next spring.

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The 400,000-square-foot project consists of an open-air mall and boardwalk featuring a 12-screen movie theater complex, several restaurants and discount retailers. It also includes a 300-unit apartment complex along South Coast Drive near South Coast Plaza.


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