Traffic Signal Obstructions
POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2009 - 1:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:22pm
Are the trees on your property considered a safety hazard?
As you drive up to some intersections around El Paso, you may notice the traffic signals are hard to see.
At the intersection of Montwood and Viscount, Newschannel 9 found several trees blocking the view of the traffic lights.
We also found the same problem at the intersection of Yarbrough and San Jose.
We wanted to know if this violates city code, so we went to El Paso Code Compliance Supervisor, Cecilia Esparza, for answers.
Esparza says property owners near traffic signals and signs are responsible for preventing any obstructions, even if there is a sign warning of a signal light up ahead.
If the city receives a complaint and determines the obstruction poses a safety hazard, they will send someone to trim the trees at no cost to the property owner.
That is what happened when we told the city about the intersection at Viscount and Montwood. Hours after our call, the city trimmed some branches at a nearby apartment complex that were in the way. The apartment manager tells us they did not know about the code and will now be sure to comply.
If you see a potential trouble spot, the city wants you to alert them to it.
To report a problem, call El Paso's code compliance division at 774-4500 or to submit a complaint via the internet, fill out the form at this link: