Traffic will get worse before it gets better on San Fernando Road

There’s a lot going on San Fernando Road as it slices through Cypress Park and Glassell Park. A trio of new schools have or are in the process of opening along the busy roadway and city officials have banned the opening of new auto repair shops and salvage yards as part of a campaign to reduce blight. A public meeting tonight in Cypress Park will provide information about the newest project headed for San Fernando Road: an $8.4 million road widening that promises to reduce congestion but also most likely lead to a year of construction-related detours and delays.

The project is designed in part to handle additional traffic generated by a giant, $240 million high school, Central Region High School #13, scheduled to open next year just north of the Rio de Los Angeles State Park. An approximately half-mile long strip of San Fernando Road between Elm Street and Eagle Rock Boulevard will be widened to add a northbound lane, a traffic median and wider sidewalks, according to project documents. In addition, San Fernando Road would also be widened and new onramps built where the road meets the 2 Freeway. Work is scheduled to begin this November and last a year, according to the project report.

Some residents have raised issues about the widening. “It was [seen] by a few of us that their initial plans placed a far greater emphasis on moving vehicles through our community than it did
pedestrians, bicyclist, and public transportation users,” said Helen Schpak in a posting on the NELA List.

There might be more construction work ahead for San Fernando Road. The backers of a high-speed train are looking at cutting a 100-foot wide trench along the road to funnel the bullet trains between Los Angeles and points north.

Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM in the Los Feliz Room at the L.A. River Center in Cypress Park

Related Link:
San Fernando Road Widening Project Fact Sheet. LADOT


  1. This is great; let's put more cars driving faster and faster on the street right in front of our brand new school. It's not like we want our kids to walk to school or bike to school, you know, not like we have a childhood obesity epidemic or anything. And you know, it's not like the number one cause of teenage death is motor vehicle crashes!

  2. I don't mind widening the road as the taffic congestion at the 2 is pretty abyssmal at times. However, I hope we can get the neighborhood togeter to fight the high speed rail boondoggle. Especially with the safety features that would be necessary like giant chain link fencing along the trench that are always conveniently omitted from the deceptive architectural illustrations. I used to draw illustrations like that for an architect and they are always a lie. I had an architet tell me that if we drew he project like it is really going to look, the community would never agree to it.

  3. Trains will ugly up parks and neighborhoods. Here's the Gold Line intruding on the Cornfield.http://www.flickr.com/photos/8579276@N05/3400616456/http://www.flickr.com/photos/8579276@N05/3400617362/Oh wait, it's not that bad, and really doesn't bother the park at all.

  4. I used to live in Glassell Park. What's so bad about the width of San Fernando Road as it is? The sidewalks are a bit narrow, yes, so let's make them wider. But there's no need for extra traffic lanes! Vehicle speeds are already high enough through there as is.

  5. I currently live in Glassell Park and can attest that San Fernando between Division and where it crosses Glendale Blvd is a total clusterfnck during commute times.Between traffic headed to/from the 2, to/from Glendale, Super King, and the FedEx depot, there's more capacity needed. The high school's only going to make that need greater….which is why I'm confused at the attention paid to SF south of division. That section of road is almost never backed up. It's the SF/SR2 and SF/Fletcher intersections that are major choke points.Wishing more people walked or rode bikes doesn't change that fact that most don't. Not widening a road in need of greater capacity won't reduce the need, it'll just make the congestion worse, driving it to more residential side streets.Of course, knowing how most municipal planning goes, they'll start the widening project right after the school opens. Shortly after they finish the widening project, they'll start the HSR trench, which will dear up half of what was just completed on the widening project. After the dust settles on all of the above, they still won't have added a protected left at Fletcher and it'll still back up.

  6. There is no doubt that the location of the Central Region High School is going to create a traffic nightmare during peak hours of the day. As it is now, long lines form during those hours on N. San Fernando Rd. at the stop light between Division Rd. and the Arco gas station which will be the main entrance to the school. When the school opens and as the students are let out, they will create a traffic tie-up that will cause massive congestion which Cypress Park has never seen as they cross the street heading towards Cypress Ave. Everyone driving through that corridor will have to take alternate routes. I live in Cypress Park, and I am already planning alternatives because this is going to be GRIDLOCK.

  7. I have to go through that Arco gas station intersection all the time, as described by Alex above. They did something to the timing of those lights recently that made it WORSE! Now the light changes 3 times before you can make it through, heading north or south through that intersection. Can some of these problems be eased by better timing/coordination of the lights?

    (This article doesn’t mention how the traffic on San Fernando also bollockses up near the Super King & 2 freeway, due to its immense popularity. I’ve kvetched to them via Twitter but the situation isn’t getting any better!)

  8. i agree with alex. cazador st meets cypress ave & san fernando rd. is gonna be bad news! that little street is always backed day & night.
    also the new high school is right in the middle of a serious gang turf! this can be trouble as neighboring rival gang members will most likely attend to this school. i smell trouble.

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