The many walkers and joggers who loop around the Silver Lake reservoirs better prepare for a longer route beginning in June. That’s when a section of Tesla Avenue will be closed to pedestrians to permit construction of a long-awaited sidewalk, which will fill an approximately 500-foot long gap in the pathway circling the reservoirs. That gap had forced pedestrians to share the narrow street with with cars and trucks and has raised concern about traffic and pedestrian safety. Beginning on June 4, pathway users will be directed one block north to Armstrong Avenue between Silver Lake Drive and Lakewood Avenue, said a DWP official at a Monday night traffic safety meeting. That detour will add about a third of a mile to anyone circling the reservoirs.
Tesla will also be temporarily converted into a one-way, westbound street during the construction of the six-foot wide sidewalk on DWP property, which is expected to be completed in about four months. How will crews keep determined joggers and the baby-stroller set off of Tesla? A DWP official conceded “that will be hard to do” but the agency will rely on signage and work crews to inform pedestrians of the pathway detour.