Q I live in Lompico, a community above Felton. There is a sign on lower Lompico Road just before it meets with Zayante. It states that from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4, there will be delays and that on Feb. 5 the road will be closed.

For that part of Lompico Road, there is no alternative to either enter or leave. If the road is truly to be closed, that seems to be a potentially dangerous situation. Would you please check and see if on Feb. 5 there will at least be one-way traffic?

Lisbeth Brown, Felton/Lompico

A Yes, Lompico Road will be closed Feb. 5.

"The 2-5-13 closure of Lompico Road is necessary for the safe removal of a very large -- 150 foot -- Douglas fir that is precariously growing out of the road embankment putting the road at risk of failure," said Steve Wiesner, assistant director of county Public Works.

The removal involves a large crane, he added.

"The closure window of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. was chosen to allow for commuters and parents taking kids to school to exit the area and return at reasonable times," Wiesner said.

The contractor working on the project is "prepared to remove the closure very quickly in the event that emergency vehicles need to ingress or egress the area during the closure window," he said.


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Lompico Road users can expect one-way traffic controls Monday and Wednesday to allow crews to prepare for the tree removal and final cleanup.

"We hope this answers your questions and alleviates concerns regarding the planned closure and emergency access," Wiesner said. "We appreciate the patience of the traveling public while we implement this necessary tree removal on Lompico Road."

Stay on top of road closures and construction projects in the unincorporated parts of the county online at www.sccroadclosure.org.

School bus safety awareness

The Traffic Safety Coalition, a Chicago-based nonprofit, has released a video that promotes safe driving practices around school buses. Specifically, the video calls out drivers for illegally passing school buses stopped with their red "Stop" crossing arm deployed and red flashing lights.

When that arm is extended and red lights are flashing, children are around, entering or exiting the bus and they may cross the street right in front of you.

To check out the video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsa754sqSP0&;list=PL2F2F683E1070850A&index=1 and tell me what you think.

Meanwhile, to learn more about school bus safety by studying California Vehicle section 22112, go to www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22112.htm.

By the way, citations for illegally passing a school bus can run from $150 to $250, not including fees and penalties, for a first offense, according to the DMV website. For a second offense, the fine jumps to from $500 to $1,000, again not including fees and penalties. A third offense within a three-year period could lead to a suspended license for up to a year.

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