Many Silver Lake residents like David Warren welcomed the reopening of West Silver Lake Drive in May following a year-long closure as DWP crews installed a giant new underground water line. But only a few months after West Silver Lake Drive was reopened, a section of Glendale Boulevard at Waverly Drive was closed off for the same DWP project. The current closure and detour have proven to be a bigger headache for motorists like Warren, who now face long delays as rerouted traffic jams up at Glendale Boulevard and Fletcher Drive and Fletcher and Riverside drives.
Warren, who traveled the now closed section of Glendale Boulevard to get to work and drop off his child to school, is trying to rally neighbors to get the city to deal with the problems caused by the detour:
Making the left turn in front of Astro’s coffee shop has become a backed up nightmare that is considerably adding to commute times as motorists wait at the light for 15-25 minutes only to watch a maximum of 4-5 cars go through at a time. As a result, drivers are going through parking lots, making U-turns and otherwise getting very frustrated at the additional time it takes to get through this intersection.
But what can be done without shifting the traffic jam to other streets?
DWP spokeswoman Stephanie Interiano said her agency last week notified the city’s Department of Transportation about the complaints over the street closure, which also forced the rerouting of Metro bus lines. “DOT has been out to visit the site since then,” she said by email. “They will evaluate and make a determination.”
Meanwhile, Warren and his neighbors are passing out flyers to try and keep pressure on the DWP and the city to deal with the traffic jams.
Without a solution, Warren and other motorists can expect delays for the forseeable future: Glendale Boulevard between Waverly Terrace and Riverside Drive will remain closed for six months and will be followed up by other road closures and detours.
Click here for a DWP update on road closures.