Plans to open a 24-hour Taco Bell restaurant at one of the most dangerous intersections on Buena Vista Street have nearby residents fuming.
Taco Bell plans to demolish a building that once housed Conroy’s Flowers at the intersection of Buena Vista and Burbank Boulevard to make way for a new restaurant that would have a drive-through, a dining room and onsite parking.
Burbank Traffic Engineer Ken Johnson looked at accident rates at major intersections along Buena Vista from the beginning of 2006 to mid-2010.
He found that there were 20 traffic collisions reported at the intersection from 2006 to mid-2010. When the traffic volume is taken into account, it ranks as the second most accident prone intersection along Buena Vista — a problem the plan’s opponents say will only be exacerbated by a 24-hour Taco Bell.
Several of the nearly one-dozen residents who attended a community input meeting this week brought up the death of motorcyclist Galo German Ulloa, whose bike collided with a big rig at the intersection eight months ago.