Prepare to Stop: Echo Park Avenue gets a new traffic light


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.

New signalized Pedestrian crosswalk at #EchoPark Ave! Safe access 4 everyone to #echoparklake @ladotofficial #CD13

A photo posted by Mitch O’Farrell (@mitchofarrell) on

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  1. Definitely needed, and well worth the paltry delay for motorists.

    • Doesn’t matter if it was a crosswalk or now a light. Pedestrians don’t pay attention to cars. Look all over the neighborhood. These are just idiot lights now. And for who? Money should be spent on fixing the streets.

  2. Would have been nice if the City had put up some kind of temporary notice to make drivers aware of the change before suddenly coming up on the new light. That said – glad that it is there.

  3. The bottom photo looks like the cover of a 1993 high school social studies text book.

  4. That is good that the there is a crosswalk light, for our beloved pedestrians. Now The City should consider doing something about the weirdos in those bathrooms by the boathouse. Or, find a way to let others clean house without it becoming a hate crime…
    Good morning Echo Park! ?

  5. They forgot to mention the five cars that ran the red light!!

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