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Moraga taps 2 for traffic panel

By lmclaughlin
Thursday, March 15th, 2007 at 10:49 am in Lamorinda, Moraga, Roads.

The Moraga Town Council appointed two residents to the newly formed Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Wednesday.
The council approved the new panel in January, but council members noted the group takes on new significance with the accident Tuesday that killed a 17-year-old girl at Rheem Boulevard and Fernwood Drive, not far from where another Moraga teenager was killed in an accident in January.
The residents are J.D. O’Connor — who lives near the accident site and was at the scene on Tuesday — and Susanna Lyon. They join Mayor Mike Metcalf and Councilman Ken Chew on the group, which will look at ways to improve traffic safety in town.
Also Wednesday, a number of residents came to the Town Council meeting to express their concerns about speeding and poor pavement quality in the Rheem Boulevard area — or the “freeway on Rheem” or the “Rheem racetrack,” as some residents referred to it.
Suggestions from residents included a three-way stop, closing the road to cut-through traffic, speed bumps, warning signs and adding school buses for high school students to get more people off the road.
The new Moraga Traffic Safety Advisory Committee will get down to work by the end of the month, officials said.
— Brooke Bryant

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