Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

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There was another traffic collision at the intersection of Arrellaga and Chapala Streets. One vehicle ended up on the sidewalk, taking out the speed limit signpost.

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Jence Mar 17, 2020 06:27 AM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

The UPS trucks park on Arrellaga St. between State St. and Chapala St.. They do not block the view of the oncoming traffic on Chapala St.. The accidents are all caused by negligent driving. I have lived on the 100 block of W. Arrellaga for over 30 years.

YepSB Mar 18, 2020 04:21 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

Yes, the UPS trucks park on Arrellaga by Cantwells at end of day. But Fedex and other delivery trucks park in the red zone on Chapala. Often. At any time during business hours. 18 years living on the double digit block of Arrellaga. Seen delivery trucks in the red zone on Chapala hundreds of times. All accidents are caused by negligent driving. But the negligence can be mitigated with proper signage and/or traffic control and not having visibility obstructed.

Bard Mar 16, 2020 10:44 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

It’s negligence and oversight, plain and simple. There’s stoplights at both Arrellaga intersections at State and De La Vina, but not in between at Chapala, despite the fact that it’s a literal road race to the northbound 101 on ramp for downtown commuters. There’s always Fed Ex or UPS delivery trucks parked along Chapala at that block due to a nearby drop hub, which consistently block views in crossing Arrellaga at that intersection. Like my neighbor said, there’s at least one fairly intense crash a month at that crossing. It’s an easy fix....install a three way stoplight same as De La Vina.

a-1584425606 Mar 16, 2020 11:13 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

My suggestion would be a roundabout at that intersection...may have to take over a bit of the sidewalks, but it could be done. Not everyone likes roundabouts though, except those of us who've done a bit of traveling to places like England, Australia, New Zealand, and sew on.

Nature Boy Mar 16, 2020 11:03 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

BARD, i think you’re mistaken — there aren’t stoplights at Arrellaga / De La Vina like there are on Arrellaga / State, nor should there be. That area is far too residential for the intrusion of traffic lights.

Nature Boy Mar 16, 2020 09:35 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

I think the real problem isn’t the city’s signage, it’s drivers not paying attention to the clearly posted signs, and texting/eating/checking Twitter while driving. Let’s not scream-blame-nanny at the city while excusing people who don’t look at what’s going on while driving. Doesn’t take a genius to see a stop sign, then stop, then look to see if the other cars have a stop sign or not. We can’t blame the city for airhead drivers.

a-1584424462 Mar 16, 2020 10:54 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

There is no stop sign for Chapala traffic at Arrellaga/Chapala. As a frequent pedestrian around that intersection, I'd take a three way stop there as a inexpensive first step.

a-1584407493 Mar 16, 2020 06:11 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

I am very familiar with that intersection. I cross it one way or another DAILY...thousands of times over the years. I have witnessed accidents, near misses, crazy stuff and everything there. I am always mindful of pedestrians, vehicles, and our favorite...the cyclists who make the mad dash for it or sashaying up Chapala like it was Lolly Pop Lane. I would like everyone to just SLOW DOWN!!!! Someone has to stop the madness that is Arrellaga & Chapala.

a-1584404053 Mar 16, 2020 05:14 PM
Traffic Collision at Arrellaga and Chapala Streets

Four moving and at least two parked involved.
This intersection has an accident on average somewhere around once a month. So often that we neighbors pretty much have the "drill" to help out down when we hear a crash (which is good). Two fast moving lanes of one-way traffic and poor signage for the turn to get to northbound 101 (see many left turns out of the right hand one way lane at this intersection) , delivery trucks parking in the right hand red zone on Chapala making it incredibly difficult to see if it is clear to cross Chapala, and high pedestrian traffic in the area make this intersection a tragedy waiting to happen. Is that what it will take to get the City of Santa Barbara to address the issues with this dangerous intersection, a tragedy?

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