Councilman Tom LaBonge is asking the City Council for $75,000 for electronic traffic signs and overtime pay for traffic officers in response to concerns about traffic safety and ongoing road construction on Rowena Avenue in Silver Lake. The request for additional funds comes as roadwork is expected to resume soon on Rowena near Ivanhoe Elementary as part of the installation of new water lines under city streets. In one of two separate City Council motions, LaBonge, proposed transferring $50,000 in DWP funds to the Department of Transportation in case overtime pay is needed for traffic control officers and other workers during the water line construction.
“To ensure safe vehicular and pedestrian circulation on Rowena Avenue near Fire Station 56 and Ivanhoe Elementary School, the Department of Transportation may require overtime use of various support services, including Traffic Control officers, at key locations to support and implement traffic control,” said the motion.
In addition to overtime pay, LaBonge is also seeking $25,000 for a pair of electronic “speed feedback signs” near the school that would flash the speed of passing vehicles. Speeding cars and trucks on Rowena emerged as a major concern during a recent Silver Lake community meeting. The signs would be installed on Rowena between Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue.