My concern is the road condition of Niles Blvd. from Nursery Ave. to Sullivan Underpass. The street is atrocious with bumps, potholes, etc., as is all of 2nd St.. Why anyone would want to drive it daily unless they have to, is beyond me. Talk about wear and tear on your car! Mission - even though newly done parallel to Niles Blvd. along the same stretch has it's share of pot holes, it's a much friendlier drive on your vehicle. If Niles wants to welcome visitors, Niles should be pounding on City Hall doors to get Niles Blvd. repaved.
Also, if Niles Blvd. is more accessible, more southbound cars might use 2nd St., making a right on Hillview, as a "go through" to 2nd St. and cut in on Niles Blvd. commute traffic at J St... avoiding the already bottlenecked traffic heading south on Niles Blvd. during commute hours. Northbound commuters using Niles Blvd. might turn down J St., use 2nd St., then come back up on Hillview to make a left onto Niles Blvd. Any more traffic will just make the roads worse, and start tearing up Niles Blvd. where the shops are... the only decent street stretch that is most often used.
Not to mention, making a left onto Niles Blvd. from Rancho Arroyo Pkwy, Rock Ave, or Carnation Way during the 2-3 hour commute hour block in morning and night is crazy (and dangerous when the shrubs in the center dividers aren't cut low enough to see oncoming traffic!). It's just as difficult at those times to make a left on to Niles Blvd. from El Portal or Linda.
I'm in the Rancho Arroyo track of houses, and even I, for the past several years, exit Niles during commute traffic in one of two ways:
Head over to Hillview up to Niles Blvd. because there is only one lane of opposing traffic to make a left on Niles Blvd. (even though I'm slightly backtracking by avoiding making a left onto Niles Blvd. from Rancho Arroyo), OR, go up Rancho Arroyo and cut through the second to last drive way of the Rancho Arroyo Apts., go up Rock Ave., or go further down Plumeria/Carnation, to make a left onto Niles Blvd.
I realize with the new housing going in at Rock Ave/Niles Blvd, it's going to get worse traffic-wise. Then we also have the Purple Lotus church thing being built, don't we - haven't heard any updates or anything about canceling that? More stop lights are going to HAVE to be put on Niles Blvd. with those projects alone, even with just the housing project at Rock Ave. and Niles Blvd. My guess is, since the new housing will probably have an outlet on Rock Ave. (and Niles Blvd.), a traffic light will go in at Rock/Niles Blvd. to accommodate the traffic wanting to make a left onto Niles Blvd., and the walking traffic of those attending the church on Niles Blvd. at Rock Ave... that way police won't have to be used to direct traffic and escort pedestrians on Sundays when that church has their big events... so a traffic light there would serve twofold... foot traffic and vehicle traffic.
I'm not looking forward to anymore traffic down Niles Blvd. unless our roads can be fixed, and existing homeowners can be accommodated with a much (to be needed) traffic light.