first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – Don Chilson and his wife have lived on Hacienda Road since 1956, but the past few years have been a little crazy for them. Chilson said he’s counted at least 21 instances this year in which drivers have spun out of control, crashing through his fence. City officials say their figures show far fewer incidents. But Chilson claims many of the drivers didn’t stick around for police to arrive. Regardless of the true number, La Habra Heights officials are taking the matter seriously. Officials have a plan to install a 100-foot guardrail next to Chilson’s property, and to trim trees and bushes that tend to block drivers’ views. Chilson said he’s grateful for anything the city can do to improve safety along Hacienda. In approving the project last week, some City Council members expressed concerns that cars might bounce off the guardrail and drive into traffic. But traffic consultant Christopher Gray a new type of guardrail is designed to eliminate that danger. Council members also rejected other, more costly measures, including installing speed humps, a traffic signal and a curb. “It’s a good start,” Mayor Brian Bergman said. “You can always add to these later.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The guardrail will help,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever had anybody go that far to help us.” He said the problem is drivers speeding south on Hacienda. As speeding cars hit the curve next to Chilson’s property, which is just north of City Hall, they sometimes spin out, he said. “I’ve used a handgun radar and traced them as fast as 64 mph,” he said. “They think they’re driving in the Indianapolis 500,” he said. “What they do is come south on Hacienda and when they Cross Avocado Crest Road before they get to the turn, they don’t slow down.” City officials say it will take 60 to 90 days to install the guardrail. The work will cost about $8,500, plus another $500 to trim the vegetation. last_img read more