New residential development inevitably leads to questions about traffic impacts – specifically, will this project increase traffic congestion? The short answer, based on an exhaustive, independent traffic analysis performed by a licensed traffic engineering firm overseen by the City of Torrance is “No”.
Based on the traffic engineer's recommendations, the developer will invest over half a million dollars in traffic improvements to ensure that the additional trips created by Solana residents will not compromise the current Level of Service* at this intersection.
*Level of Service is an engineering metric that is used to rate the flow of traffic through an intersection. Level of service 'A' is the best rating, while level of service 'F' is the worst rating.
The intersection today operates at a level of service 'A' during morning peak hour traffic, and at a 'B' during evening peak hour traffic.
When factoring in the Solana development, as well as all of the new and proposed developments planned in the area, the traffic study has validated that with the traffic improvements shown below, the intersection of Hawthorne & Via Valmonte remain at the same level of service.
The traffic analysis took all of the following into consideration:
These factors have been thoroughly analyzed and each of the following traffic engineer’s recommendations have been incorporated into the development plan.
The six key traffic improvements as recommended by the traffic engineering firm are described and illustrated below.