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City removes controversial Benz barriers

Posted: October 2, 2008 9:33 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

City workers removed three concrete barriers that diverted traffic off a suburban street and caused an uproar in a Saugus neighborhood.

The removal came after Tuesday’s heated special City Council meeting where the council members unanimously voted to remove the concrete barriers at Alaminos Drive and Benz Road.

They were gone Wednesday.

The traffic diverters were installed as a way to decrease traffic on Benz Road. For the past five years, drivers used Benz Road as a shortcut between Bouquet Canyon Road and Copper Hill Drive.

Also during the meeting, the council voted 3-2 to install 20 temporary “speed cushions,” elongated speed bumps, to reduce speed in the residential neighborhood. Councilman Frank Ferry and Councilwoman Marsha McLean dissented.

After six months, the city will study the impact of the speed-reducing bumps and residents will decide whether they want permanent speed bumps installed.

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