I am both a driver and pedestrian of the intersection at Silver Oak Trail and Newell Drive. I would like to raise to your attention the issue of the hazard at the intersection at Silver Oak and Newell between the times of 3:20 and 4:00 p.m. The intersection’s current state is a hazard and utmost concern because of its intense traffic flow, parking lot congestion, and safety hazard to both drivers and pedestrians.
Currently, within the time frame of 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. the intersection poses as a significant hazard due to its heavy traffic. At this time, the intersection is used by an large amount of individuals: parents entering and exiting the parking lot onto the intersection to pick up and drop off their children, students driving in and out the parking lot to get to extracurriculars or come home, students walking the crosswalk that also blocks a left turn lane -- stalling traffic within the parking lot. It is inarguable that within these times a tremendous amount of people are affected due to the intersection’s presence between both American Canyon High School and Canyon Oaks Middle School.
In addition, the current parking lot situation is chaotic. Due to the parking lot being directly associated with the high school, there are unavoidable traits that must come into consideration -- student drivers, drivers in training, parents, and teachers all confined in one parking lot trying to come out of one of three entrances in the high school. The individuals driving to the intersection vary between those with lots of experience driving as well as many who are still very inexperienced. There exists a problematic left turn lane within the intersection of Silver Oak and Newell Drive that proves to be extremely frustrating for drivers because of its difficult cycle state. As of now, when the stop light coming from the parking lot onto the intersection goes green the drivers are met with an uncontrolled left turn lane shared with a straightforward lane that faces oncoming traffic while turning onto a occupied pedestrian walkway.
As seen by simply describing the intersection situation the current status is chaotic. Few cars are able to traverse through the intersection at a time during the left turn cycle. Additionally, more often, cars are doing illegal mid-intersection lane changes in order to avoid participation with the left turn/forward lane. The intersection is increasingly dangerous with these illegal merging as well as the pressures brought forward by the uncontrolled left turn into oncoming traffic and pedestrian travel.
Respectfully, I propose a solution to the prior issue as well as it is in my hopes that the city looks into this issue and recognizes the problem at hand. To handle this problem, I propose adding or changing the traffic cycles to either creating a controlled left turn cycle, changing pedestrian travel to a different cycle, or separating the travel forward lane and the left turn lane.