County steps up safety on Bouquet Canyon Road

FILE PHOTO: Bouquet Canyon Road. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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County officials continue to make safety improvements to Bouquet Canyon Road, but motorists keep driving into and hitting the big oak trees that line the winding rural road.

On Thursday, the driver of a red compact car hit a tree on Bouquet Canyon Road about a quarter mile north of the Big Oaks Lodge.

The driver was not seriously injured in the crash.

Officials, however, remain committed to reducing the number of crashes that happen on Bouquet, according to Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

“Working with local officials and the community, the county of Los Angeles has implemented measures to increase driver safety on Bouquet Canyon Road within the Angeles National Forest,” Public Works spokesman Kerjon Lee told The Signal Thursday.

They began their safety improvements by lowering the speed limit on Bouquet.

“There is a reduction in the posted speed limit to 45 miles per hour between mile marker 8.00 and mile marker 15.74,” Lee said.

Public Works crews also put up “changeable message boards to inform the public of road conditions,” Lee said.

They also posted warning signs, ‘slippery when wet’ signs, and signs that post a 30 mph speed limit in areas where water may flow across the road, he said.

Public Works officials are also in the process of installing “recessed markers” in the roadway and guardrails at mile marker 8.84 and 9.95.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in May 2016 to lower the speed limit on a section of Bouquet Canyon Road, one of several new traffic safety measures planned following two fatal accidents on the winding road in the last year.

County officials announced the new traffic safety measures a year ago at a Leona Valley Town Council meeting held in May in response to public calls for safety following a solo vehicle crash that claimed the life of 19-year-old Elena Kramer, of Leona Valley, on Jan. 4, 2016.


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