ECHO PARK — New traffic beacons, crosswalks and stop signs have been going up all over Echo Park in recent years. The newest safety improvement is a $215,000 traffic signal that was dedicated Friday morning at Echo Park and Laguna avenues. Pedestrians coming and going from Echo Park Lake, church services and the DASH bus now have a safer crossing. But drivers headed to and from the 101 Freeway face another stop and delay.
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 last year. 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.”
It might take a while for everyone to get used to the new stop light. On Wednesday afternoon, two pedestrians were seen walking against the red light.
It might take some time for everyone to get used to the traffic light, which cost an estimated $215,000 to install following a request by residents and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.
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