SILVER LAKE — New stop signs on Hoover Street at Bellevue Avenue are doing their job. But not everyone is happy about that. The recent installation of the signs at the T-intersection have backed up traffic on narrow Hoover Street, with cars and trucks lined up for blocks at busy times.
“Prior to the installation of the stop signs, there were no traffic problems on that stretch of Hoover,” said a Silver resident named Jeffrey, who now drives in a different direction to avoid Hoover. “I have seen traffic back up to the stoplight at Melrose and almost to the stoplight at Temple during morning and evening rush-hour. I have also seen back ups on Saturdays and Sundays and during the week at various hours, including when there was no traffic on nearby streets, such as Virgil and Beverly.”
Bob Warpehoski, who shot a brief video of the traffic back up, said that Hoover has been a busy street “but was never this backed up before the stop sign.”
Why was the stop sign installed and what can be done about the traffic jam? The Eastsider has contacted the city’s Department of Transportation for details.
Update: The request to install the stop signs came from a resident concerned about speeding vehicles and pedestrians crossing Hoover to the bus stop, according to Lisa Martellaro-Palmer the LA DOT. “The resident said there are near miss collisions and honking is common,” she said in an email. “He also noted that Hoover is a preferred route to travel between the Silver Lake and Los Feliz areas on bike.”
The department has not received any complaints. But, said Martellaro-Parlmer, “we will monitor the situation and continue to evaluate traffic calming measures installed so that people who walk and bicycle as well as drive or ride transit can share the road successfully.”
Silver Lake Neighborhood Council member Anthony Crump said residents have been trying to get a stop sign installed for several years to help protect pedestrians on Hoover. Said Crump:
Every day there were people playing human frogger trying to cross Hoover while dodging cars racing north or turning left from Bellevue. The addition of the soccer fields at Temple and Hoover as well as new businesses like Cafecito Organico have increased pedestrian traffic in the area making it even more dangerous. The road diet on Virgil may have inadvertently pushed more cars onto Hoover Ave. That’s not a good thing, however, as Hoover is even more residential than Virgil Ave.