Earlier this summer many Silver Lake residents were angered when the city announced its intention to remove a Glendale Boulevard crosswalk, saying there was need for a marked pedestrian crossing, which department staff said should be eliminated as part a “traffic safety improvement.” But this week, residents got the word that not only will the crosswalk at Glendale Boulevard and Deane Street remain in place but it will be upgraded.
Bruce Gillman, a spokesman with the city’s Department of Transportation, passed along this info about the upcoming changes:
The crosswalk at Glendale Blvd. and Deane St. is slated for a full upgrade, not removal. A continental crosswalk will be installed with a ‘yield line’ complete with a Yield to Pedestrian sign posted before the intersection. Work orders are completed, and the project is pending scheduling.
Some of those markings already appear to have been in place, so it remains to be seen what new elements will be added. The crosswalk is located up the street from where pedestrians are frequently seen dashing across Glendale Boulevard between several shops, restaurants and bars. Some people on the east side of Glendale use the Deane crosswalk as part of their route to get to the Silver Lake reservoirs and Silver Lake Meadow.
When traffic engineers conducted a traffic study at the intersection in early April, the results showed that the number of pedestrians who used the intersection was not large enough to warrant a marked crosswalk, let alone flashing yellow lights to warn and slow down motorists. That study prompted the department staff to recommend removing the crosswalk marking pending public review.
What prompted the department to change its mind about the crosswalk? That’s not clear but the public response might have played a role.