The opening of a new pathway around most of the Silver Lake reservoirs about four years ago has proved popular with neighborhood walkers and runners. But an approximately 500-foot-long section of the path remains unfinished on the north end of the Ivanhoe Reservoir (the smaller of the two reservoirs), where pedestrians are forced to share narrow Tesla Street with passing cars and trucks. On Tuesday night, a female pedestrian was struck by a car near Tesla and West Silver Lake Drive, prompting residents to ask for the pathway to be completed and for other safety improvements. The Department of Water Power, meanwhile, says work on that long-planned foot path could begin in June.
“We’re working with the DWP to install a sidewalk on Tesla Avenue that will complete the walking path encircling the Silver Lake reservoir,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge. “The recent accident that injured a walker on Tesla just re-affirms our resolve to get the Tesla sidewalk completed as soon as possible. Safety is my top-priority.”
After the Tuesdsay’s accident, the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy has called for improved lighting and other safety features in addition to the completion of the path along Tesla. The conservancy on its website said:
All path users and drivers know how unsafe this segment is, with no sidewalk and a very narrow street. Night time runners face an even greater safety hazard, as lighting is inadequate. The corner where the accident occurred is also hazardous, with limited visibility.
After abandoning plans for an elevated boardwalk proposed by Councilman Tom LaBonge, the DWP is now preparing to carve out enough room for a walking path to get pedestrians off Tesla Street between Armstrong Avenue and West Silver Lake Drive. “Components of a retaining wall are currently under construction at LADWP facilities and construction work on the path itself will commence in June 2012 with expected completion by December 2012,” the DWP said in a statement.
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