ECHO PARK — The intersection of Echo Park and Laguna avenues is a busy crossroads. About 10,000 cars and trucks a day zip along Echo Park Avenue while many pedestrians cross at Laguna as they come and go to Echo Park Lake, church services and the DASH bus stop. Now, in a move to make the intersection safer, the city will be spending $215,000 to install a traffic signal at the Echo Park and Laguna.
A request for a traffic signal by Council District 13 and an Angeleno Heights resident prompted the Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study of the intersection. During a mid-day hour, 123 pedestrians were seen using the marked crosswalk, according to the study results. Meanwhile, 953 vehicles passed through Echo Park and Laguna during the same hour.
The study revealed that the marked crosswalk was also busy on weekends, when Echo Park Lake and the Cathedral Center of St. Paul at the corner attract many visitors. “Therefore,” according to a department study, “the installation of a traffic signal is justified to promote the safe and orderly movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic at this location.”
Department spokeswoman said the work to install the traffic signals will begin in November.