Motorists and bus riders alike welcomed the reopening last month of Glendale Boulevard between Waverly and Riverside Drive as the construction of a new water pipeline delayed and detoured Silver Lake traffic for months. But many of those motorists and bus riders – as well as nearby residents – should prepare for another round of detours and delays that are scheduled to begin this month and look to be even more disruptive to traffic and neighborhood life. As part of the same water line project, the intersection of Glendale Boulevard, Rowena and Lakewood avenues (by the Silver Lake fire station) will be blocked off at times during a three-month period, according to the L.A. Department of Water and Power, which is overseeing the project. In addition, traffic on an approximately half-mile stretch of Glendale Boulevard between Rowena Avenue and Farwell Avenue (near Fletcher) will be limited to only eastbound traffic during much of the day on weekdays and Saturdays. That one-way traffic pattern is expected to last six to eight months. Wait, there is more.
In addition to motorists, residents and store owners along Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue should also prepare themselves for construction noise and dust as well as the loss of street parking. The plan for now is to ban street parking on the south side of Rowena west of Glendale Boulevard in an area near restaurants and shops.