Traffic Jammin’ with Janis Mara – Traffic Signal Timing, Turning on Treat Blvd. + MUCH MORE

August 11, 2014 14:00 pm · 32 comments

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TRAFFIC JAMMER: Greetings, all! This column is for everyone who negotiates the highways and public transit of the Bay Area. It runs every Monday at 2pm and answers your commuting and transportation questions.

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COMMUTER:Your friend Ray has never fixed the signal at Concord Boulevard and Sixth Street. Last week there was a line of 10 cars stopped on Concord Boulevard and Sixth. When the light turned green, only three or four could get through before it turned red again because a car showed up on Sixth.

Note: This happens after 7 p.m.


TRAFFIC JAMMER: The Jammer contacted Concord Traffic Czar Ray Kuzbari once again and Kuzbari and his superstar staff fixed the problem in one day. Or at least they adjusted the signal. Here’s what the Traffic Czar had to say:

We made a slight signal timing adjustment on Concord Blvd at Sixth Street to prevent this problem from happening again.  Please note that PG&E is doing some construction work in the area and I’m told that they might have impacted vehicle detector loops in the pavement on Sixth Street, which may contribute to the traffic signal being less traffic responsive than normal.  We will find out exactly what happened and get the problem fixed.

COMMUTER: I seem to recall a few months back that there was supposed to be an overall improvement of traffic light timing.  As I remember, this was supposed to take place in June sometime.

So far, I have not seen ANY improvement, at least on Clayton Road, the transition from Clayton Road to Port Chicago, Concord Boulevard, or Concord Ave/Galindo/Market. Still the same old same old.

Have you any late info regarding this? Hope I wasn’t hallucinating!

–Walk Down Memory Lane, Road, Boulevard, Street and Way

TRAFFIC JAMMER: Good on you, WDMLRBSW, for remembering and calling it to the Jammer’s attention! Here’s what Ray Kuzbari had to say:

The signal retiming project was completed in June as the reader indicated.  Many of the downtown traffic signals were not covered by this project including the Clayton Rd-Port Chicago Hwy transition going onto Concord Blvd.  There is going to be another signal retiming project for downtown traffic signals that will be completed in June 2015.  In the meantime, we will take a quick look at the current signal timings in the area to see if any interim adjustments can be made to improve traffic flow during the peak hours.

COMMUTER: I attend the Mormon Church at 2930 Treat, and the road there used to have a “suicide lane” which could be used to turn left into and out of both driveways.

 In the past couple years though, a raised median was installed, leaving no room, except for the left turn used only (I assume) by people going to the fire station on the opposite side of the street. My assumption has always been that I must go up to De La Salle, make a U-turn, and then to all the way back and make a right turn into the church parking lot.

 In addition, I assume no left turn should be made from the church lot onto Treat, but that I should go up to Oak Grove and U-turn. This is extremely annoying for people coming from the east, and leaving to the west. What says your resident police officer?


TRAFFIC JAMMER:  Since “Annoyed” asked specifically for our beloved Claycord law enforcement officer, the Jammer forwarded her question to him. As ever, “Leo,” as we call him, went out of his way, literally, to investigate, driving past the scene. Here’s his response:

I’m working tonight so I drove by.  Or as I like to say, I went to church. (Traffic Jammer: Ahahahahahaha!)

There is just enough two-way left turn lane (suicide lane) in front of the east driveway (nearest the fire station and shopping center) to turn across Treat Boulevard.

I’ve got to be honest: it’s not for the faint-hearted.  Only the most steely drivers would dare this maneuver – at least with what I know about Treat Boulevard.  It’s a busy arterial roadway.

Although inconvenient, it is so much safer to take the long-way-round.

TRAFFIC JAMMER: Big thanks as ever to Leo for his help. One last thing: Don’t forget, the Jammer always loves to run photos of you with your beloved classic car, so don’t hesitate to send those along to

TRAFFIC JAMMER: That’s it for this week – see you next Monday. Be sure to cruise by at 2pm for more traffic intelligence. Remember, whether you drive, walk, bike or hop Amtrak, BART or AC Transit, Traffic Jammer Janis Mara is here to answer your questions.

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1 Cowellian August 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Janis, we still have unfinished business from last week. Who is responsible for all the no parking signs on Cowell during swim meets, and can you get a real ticket for parking there?

2 just a concordian August 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

On the subject of classic cars, if anyone has attended Woodward Dream Cruise, chime in. If you haven’t check it out It’s a classic fully restored and modified car show, taking place in the outskirts of Detroit, in Woodward Avenue every August. Owners literally drive their cars up and down Woodward Ave and/or park them in the several lots alongside Woodward for viewing by the public.
I have attended it twice and have loved every second of it, despite the extremely heavy exhaust pollution in the air during those days. Yes, it stinks, but it’s a nice stink.

3 Sacto Rob August 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I was down in Concord this weekend and drove past Cowell Park a number of times. I saw those “No Swim Meet Parking” signs. Looks like something the neighbors got together and had made up to keep people parking in front of their houses. My guess is the signs are illegally posted. The public gets to park on public streets, even swim meet parents.

4 back home again August 11, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Finally back in good ole CA after a long road trip. Good to be back in the only state that really doesn’t have a freeway or highway speed limit! The citizens/drivers get to set it themselves! Awesome!

5 Enfield303 August 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM


Where did your trip take you? I had the same experience two weeks ago.

6 Still No Dots August 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

As I wrote on:
Dotty June 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM
Hi Janis,

I was wondering if you happen to know who takes care of all the left turn lane dots at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Road / Kirker Pass at Clayton Road? Most of the dots have been missing for some time and without the dots many people making a left turn drift into on coming left turn traffic almost causing head-on collisions. I think these dot’s are called “Bott’s Dots”.


Still No Dots

7 So rude August 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

The NO SWIM MEET PARKING signs are so rude! Concord pool hosts large swim meets that attract swimmers from all over California and also out of state. They travel a long way and are greeted with those rude signs. It gives a poor impression of the city of Concord. Why are these signs allowed by the city? Where are people supposed to park? The city needs to take the signs down and not allow them to be put up. Traffic Jammer… What can be done about this?

8 Swim Meet Parking August 11, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Maybe the smart thing to do is have a shuttle from one of the large school parking lots. I must say I have tried to drive in this mess when the swim meet is going on…very dangerous…kids and parents jay walking…darting out from parked cars etc.

9 CeeMee August 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

So where are the homeowners supposed to park their cars? At your house? It is rude for those attending swim meets, school functions, picking up their children from school and Bart riders to park their cars in neighborhoods leaving homeowners and their families NO where to park their cars. We will be glad to come park in front of your house so that you can come home from work or with a trunk full of groceries and not be able to park in front of your own home. Oh excuse me, this was about YOU wasn’t it?

10 Cowellian August 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I still think the signs are put up by the people hosting the swim meet, probably as a result of discussions with irate homeowners.

11 Tree Farm August 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Public streets are public streets folks. Everyone has a right to park on them, for up to 72 hours (unless otherwise noted). I live by the pool and I have yet to see a home without a driveway or garage. Perhaps you homeowners could park in your driveway (your own property) to unload you groceries?

12 @ CeeMee August 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Homeowners can park on their private driveways or in their private garages. As for the PUBLIC STREET SPACES (including all easements) that is fair game for ANYONE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Thank you.

13 @ceemee August 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Hmm, maybe the homeowners could park in their garage or driveway? They do not own the street in front of their house. If you choose to buy a house near a school, public park or pool then you should expect people to park in front of your house sometimes.

14 Swim Meet Dad August 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

I saw those signs. They are illegal, so I parked right in front of a homeowners driveway just to teach him a lesson for putting up those illegal signs.

15 SKS August 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Homeowners are supposed to park on their own private property. Many of them have so much junk in their garages that they cannot use them as intended for vehicle storage.

Public street rights-of-way are just that – PUBLIC!!! Anyone can legally park on your street for up to 72 hours (unless local ordinances or official jurisdictional signs say otherwise). Homeowners do not have any inherent rights to public on-street areas in front of their homes although many seem to think they “own” it because it is there. Pay taxes? Sure… but so do others in your city and county.

Some cities prohibit commercial vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds or so from parking on local residential streets. Do you know your laws?

16 ..... August 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

As long as the driveways aren’t blocked for homeowners to access their driveways there is no reason that the public can’t park on a public street. Homeowners don’t own the streets in front of their houses,

17 SKS August 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM


That’s right…it’s all about you.

18 Up yours August 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM

That is what eggs are for!

19 Swim Mom August 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

The signs belong to the pool, so they belong to the city of Concord. Whoever hosts the swim meet is required to hang the signs as a condition of renting the pool

The signs ARE NOT legally binding at all.

20 why? August 11, 2014 at 11:51 PM

why does the pool require the signs? Traffic Jammer – how can we get this changed? This presents a negative impression for the city of Concord.

21 Anon August 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Love the guy who admits to parking in someone’s driveway. You are lucky you weren’t towed. You sir, are the reason these poor homeowners have resorted to this type of sign (and I don’t even live near that neighborhood). God forbid, the homeowners might want to have friends over on a weekend, or not pickup everyone’s trash left in the gutters, or not be subjected to booming radios at 7:00 am on weekends.

22 @ Up Yours August 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I thought eggs were for breakfast.

23 RunnerDope August 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

>> Kuzbari and his superstar staff fixed the problem in one day.


Unfortunately, saying it’s fixed and being fixed are two different things. Same thing happened last night, 6 cars in front of me at red light. Turns green, 4 cars make it through before it turns red again.

24 If Swim Meet parkers annoy you so much..... August 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

put a note on their windshield saying…. ” I Hope Your Kid
Drowns”….that will show them….!

25 Anon August 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

If it were a business the city would deny it for lack of adequate parking. Let’s do the same for swim meets, scale it down to parking available

26 Nra to driveway guy August 12, 2014 at 5:08 PM

How does 4 flat tires sound to you?

27 crazytech58 August 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Janis, #23 is absolutely correct, the problem at concord blvd. and 6th street has NOTHING to do with trip sensors, the light if tripped from the 6th street sides, after 7pm, switches WAY TOO FAST, as noted, often only 3 or 4 cars get through, and it turns red again. I would assume concord blvd would be the main artery, and have more time “green”, than that of a side street.

28 Antler August 13, 2014 at 4:04 AM

That idea about shuttles to and from the pool to the nearest school parking lot seems like a good one. Should City of Concord provide police presence at the school parking lot? (Oooooo… der little doggies, too?) There should be a parking fee paid either by individual drivers or by the sponsoring swim meet association ….. which? both?

If you agree with the above, then please write the City of Concord City Council members. Or go to a council meeting and make a POLITE request during public comment segment, which is at the first of each Tuesday night meeting …..( except not in August).

29 RunnerDope August 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM


Thanks for the confirmation. It happened again last night.

It’s lucky for Ray and his crack team that they work for the city. If they were in the private sector they would have been fired long ago.

30 Janis Mara August 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

crazytech58 and RunnerDope, I’ve reached out to Ray Kuzbari and will let you know what transpires.

Will also let everyone know the news as it breaks re the swim meet.

31 Janis Mara August 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Oh, oopsie – just learned Ray’s on vacation through Friday, so looks like we’ll have to wait a while on this. But I’ll keep on it, beloved Claycordians!

32 RunnerDope August 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Thanks, Janis. And could you show him this section from your column of October 28, 2013 when I first brought up the problem?

TRAFFIC JAMMER: RunnerDope, your question got a chuckle out of Kuzbari. “That’s right outside my office,” the Traffic Czar said. “I have not noticed it, but will have it checked out right away.” The Jammer imagines if anything is amiss right outside the city’s transportation manager’s office, it will get taken care of quickly.

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