After more than a decade of planning and often contentious public debate, the job of remaking the southern tip of the 2 Freeway on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake will finally get started early next year. The L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority, which is overseeing the project, will tonight provide an update during a community meeting and open house in the auditorium of Mayberry Elementary in Silver Lake. The first phase of work is relatively modest, with the installation of electronic feedback signs and new lighting as well as lane striping where the freeway meets Glendale Boulevard, according to a Metro status report.
The second round of work, which won’t take place until 2014, will be more extensive, including the installation of ramp meters to control the flow of southbound traffic before it travels on the so-called “flyover” bridge that crosses over Glendale Boulevard and the construction of sound walls along the freeway.
Silver Lake blogger Diane Edwardson notes that Metro’s plans to build sound walls and cut down some mature trees might create more noise for residents who live in the hills on both sides of the freeway.
There are also plans to realign traffic lanes and ramps that would, for example, move the ramp leading to northbound Glendale Boulevard to the Echo Park side of the highway. However, this part of the project has not yet been funded, Metro said.