New traffic light to reduce collisions in Los Osos

Posted at 9:47 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 00:47:06-04

A new traffic light is expected to go up in Los Osos at the south Bay Blvd and Nipomo Avenue intersection.

It’s meant to make roadways safer.

Los Osos residents say a 55 mile per hour speed limit is too fast especially when a Los Osos Middle School is located off of South Bay Boulevard. 

‘I commute there in the morning and people just fly through there. If there’s not a child right there they don’t slow down,” said Annette Bunnell, a Los Osos resident.

The San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors hopes a new stoplight with a price tag of $621,066 will be the fix.

The stoplight aims to make neighborhoods safer by reducing driver delay and vehicle collisions.

District 2 supervisor Bruce Gibson says it’s been in the works for awhile.

"South Bay is a pretty heavily traveled road and Nipomo is one of the ways folks can get home and to the business district of Los Osos so I think it will be a positive change,” said Bruce Gibson, SLO Count Supervisor District 2.

But why this location?

A traffic study surveyed the traffic volume and collision history around this area.

But other residents argue that there are more problematic areas such as Santa Ysabel and 11th Street.

The Board of Supervisors will be reviewing the bid from Lee Wilson Electrical Company.

After the contractor receives the stoplight parts, it will take about 60 days to fully install. 

Installation is expected winter of 2019.

The board of supervisors will discuss the contractor’s bid at their meeting Tuesday, September 18th at 9 a.m.