Residents contend Bradley Road is unsafe PASADENA

August 27, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

Nancy Hansberger remembers when her daughter, Brenda Evans, played at the end of Bradley Road.

Now, 30 years later, Ms. Hansberger says it is not safe for her grandchildren to play on the sidewalks or even in the front yard.

Suburban development has brought a torrent of traffic down on the tiny country lane, even though, despite surrounding growth, the road has remained almost unchanged in 35 years.

Mrs. Hansberger and her neighbors are begging county officials to close one end of the road before someone gets hurt, or at least close it entirely until improvements can be made. The officials refuse, saying Bradley is an important artery in the Pasadena road network and should be expanded.

Only 15 feet wide and a half-mile long, the road harks back to an earlier time of truck farms and woods and hay bales.

Bradley was a dead end until it was extended from Tick Neck Road to Edwin Raynor Boulevard in 1986 to serve part of the Chesterfield community. It has since become a popular shortcut between the two roads.

Residents fear motorists will swerve off the road and hit their children. Already drivers have missed the road, driving down the asphalt footpath that parallels Bradley.

"Our house is 70 feet off the road, and I won't let my kids play in the front yard," Jeanne Beil said.

Carolyn Roeding, a member of the Pasadena Safety Committee who lives in Chesterfield, said "Bradley Road is a very serious issue. The width, the road's condition, the amount of traffic on it -- it's just unsafe."

Mrs. Hansberger and 32 of her 37 neighbors asked the county in 1988 to reclose one end of Bradley Road -- preferably, they said, the end near Tick Neck Road. But county officials said it was an important artery in the network of roads through Pasadena and should be expanded.

Still waiting for Bradley Road to be improved five years later, several residents again asked the county to close the road, and again the county has said no.

Desperate for relief from the speeding and high-volume traffic, residents this summer succumbed to the wheels of progress, asking only that the road be closed until improvements are made.

Public Works Director John M. Brusnighan said no. In a July 6 letter to Mrs. Evans, he said, "Even a temporary closing of Bradley Road is not in the best interest of the surrounding area."

Mr. Brusnighan and other public works officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

County Councilman Carl G. "Dutch" Holland, R-Pasadena, said the county has earmarked $63,000 this year to design a new, wider Bradley Road with concrete curbs and sidewalks.

Chesterfield and Green Haven residents and residents of neighboring communities use Bradley Road as a shortcut between the shopping center on Edwin Raynor and George Fox Middle on Outing Avenue.

Mrs. Evans said the same traffic could be channeled across Countryside Drive, a much wider road that also links Tick Neck and Edwin Raynor Boulevard.

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