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Westminster Mobile Home Park Residents Plea for Help to Make Driveway Less Dangerous

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Westminster mobile home residents are begging a distracted city council for help with a traffic issue that residents say is potentially creating a deadly environment when they come and go to the park.

After months of pleas to the city council, no solution is in sight.

Residents at Driftwood Mobile Home Park are performing risky maneuvers with their vehicles during rush hour traffic — resulting in near accidents daily — just to access their neighborhood entrances on McFadden Avenue and Beach Boulevard after the widening of the 405 and road marking changes.

“I’m afraid I’m going to get killed,” said 16-year resident Maureen Caruso.

At least one accident has been reported outside the mobile home park on McFadden Boulevard within the last month, but residents say they feel like they’ll get in an accident nearly every time they exit the park. 

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Entering the mobile home park has never been easy, but new 405 freeway roadway widening has made getting home nearly impossible, says resident Richard Toro. 

There used to be a center lane on McFadden Avenue to turn left into the park, but now residents have to do u-turns, turn on their hazard lights or cross over into oncoming traffic to enter their neighborhood. 

“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” Caruso said.

While city officials have recently met with concerned residents, the problem persists because the Orange County Transportation Authority is heading up the project — not the city.

OCTA also increased the number of lanes on McFadden Avenue from two to four in an effort to relieve congestion.

The current 170 units in the park that houses hundreds of individuals — many are seniors — say the plan disregarded them. 

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Mobile home park in Westminster on Aug. 4, 2021.

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Mobile home park in Westminster on Aug. 4, 2021.

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Mobile home park in Westminster on Aug. 4, 2021. Credit: LUPITA HERRERA, Voice of OC

Concerned residents met with the city traffic engineer and 405 Project representatives in 2019 to discuss solutions for this dangerous maneuver as traffic was said to increase by the 405 widening project. 

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