Several weeks ago, I was in a car collision in which a driver hit my car from behind at the top of the Covell Boulevard train track overpass, resulting in considerable damage. For the past 37 years that I have driven over that rise in the road, I have seen countless rear-end collisions at the exact same spot — the right lane traveling westward — especially in the morning commute hours.
Today, I passed yet another rear-end collision involving four vehicles at that same spot in the overpass. It seems that a collision occurs at that spot at lease once a week, usually in the morning when cars back up at the stop light at F Street and Covell.
After the collision involving my own car, the next time I approached the rise in the overpass I noted that cars “disappear” after cresting the top of the “hill” and can no longer be seen by cars at the bottom of the overpass just past J Street. Drivers cannot see the stopped cars at the top of the overpass until they reach the top of the rise themselves, and by then, have almost no time to react in slowing their cars down for a sudden stop.
Only a small sign on the center island, located just before the top of the overpass and almost hidden from view, indicates an intersection will be ahead. This sign is not only hard to see, it does not warn of cars stopped at the intersection as far back as the top of the overpass.
I am hoping that the city of Davis’ Traffic Division will do more to help avoid further collisions at the Covell overpass, before more cars are damaged or someone is seriously injured. Perhaps a better warning sign or flashing warning light could be placed at the bottom of the overpass nearer to J Street?