Friday, October 28, 2016

Lincoln Heights celebrates new traffic signal

Courtesy Council District 1

Courtesy Council District 1

LINCOLN HEIGHTSCouncilman Gil Cedillo gathered with schoolchildren Monday at the intersection of North Broadway and Hancock streets in Lincoln Heights for the installation of a new traffic signal to improve safety.

The city requested a study of the intersection that showed more than 5,000 vehicles travel through daily. According to LAPD data, there has been 11 accidents resulting in injury in the past five years that involved four vehicle versus vehicle accidents, four vehicle versus pedestrian accidents and three vehicle versus bicyclist accidents. Lincoln Heights has its history of dangerous intersections, especially on Broadway.

Cedillo’s office, along with the Department of Transportation, found the funding to design and install the signal.

Councilman Gil Cedillo and school kids cross North Broadway | Courtesy Council District 1

Councilman Gil Cedillo and school kids cross North Broadway | Courtesy Council District 1

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  1. Ol’ Gil loves them traffic signals!

  2. Is that 5,000 vehicles on Hancock? If not, I think you mean 50,000 vehicles (on Broadway?).

    Also, how does the council office and DOT just “find” funding? It makes it sound like there is money available but it needs to be searched for. If there’s money available, you should not need to “find” it, is the city that bad with its finances?

    Lastly, we can’t ignore that this is done in CD1. Does Gil Cedillo only care about safety when it requires expensive interventions? North Fig has a terribly safety record and yet Cedillo rejected the proposed life-saving road diet. Why does installing a traffic signal not require dozens of outreach meetings but a road diet does? If it’s all in the name of safety we should let the facts speak for themselves and let safety measures be installed without politicians getting in the way.

    • Sorry, but 50,000 vehicles on Broadway does not sound correct, at all. With the LADOT’s historic traffic count data now available online I can say that the busiest intersection (Daly) comes close to 35,000 car trips per day. Hancock has more like 26,000 on Broadway and about 1,600 crossing Broadway on Hancock itself.

      For $250,000 the whole street could have been put on a road diet, but this is Gold Plated Gil Ville now. At least the street will be safer. Definitely not more pleasant, but safer.

      I saw a man get crushed by an SUV here a few years ago.

      • Article states “The city requested a study of the intersection that showed more than 5,000 vehicles travel through daily” so that must be referring to Hancock then or what?

        • And I am telling you that if you go here:

          and download the LADOT’s own historic traffic reports (from 2001 to 2010) and look at the numbers, that what I wrote above is what they say. I don’t trust the LADOT’s numbers as reported above because this whole post is a re-working of a press release from Louis Reyes the communications director in Cedillo’s office.

          The photos are from Louis. The data is being reported through a filter through Louis. There was no pre-event press release, there was no communication with neighbors about this event, because Gil’s communications director knows what would happen: me and my friends would show up and offer a counter-narrative to Cedillo’s propaganda.

  3. The bottom line is that this isn’t nearly enough to paper over Gil’s shit record on street safety. We have a crosswalk on Sichel and Mission but it make pedestrians wait for four minutes until it changes – so most people jaywalk. Broadway and Mission is a death trap and also incredibly busy with Forever 21 workers using bikes, cars, and public buses to get to and from work. Main is a dead zone, Valley a nightmare. Pretty much all of Lincoln Heights main streets are horrible rural style highways between red lights. One traffic signal does not fix a systemic problem.

    Try crossing 5 points to get from the Rite Aid to Smart and Final on foot and you’ll see what I mean. He is going to get smashed for his record on unsafe streets. Please, Gil, install more traffic signals. These over priced gadgets are too expensive and too localized to matter in 2017 when we march to the polls to boot you out of office. Just like those shitty $2,600 solar freaking trash cans you blew all that public money on.

    I live very, very, close to this intersection and I follow local news closely as well. Nobody else in this photo op but some kids from Gates Elementary.

  4. How cool. every couple of years a new CD1 councilman installs a light on Broadway!

    • Next light will have to be on Gates Street! Then every intersection between Ave 22 and Lincoln Park Ave will have a signal! Which, actually, seems pretty cool.

  5. Is it called the Cedillo signal. oh brother this guy and his photo’s.

  6. That’s great! I wish that our very dangerous intersection at Sunset and Everett would get a signal. We are facing hundreds, maybe even over a thousand new tenants because of all the condos going up around Angelino Heights but no one is listening to our community’s voice about our families’ safety. Maybe it’s because it’ll stop the building slated for the neighborhood and they’ll have to reevaluate how gargantuan those buildings are going to be. We have Dodgers’ traffic, Downtown LA traffic, Echo Park traffic and now we are facing Orsini size buildings and their new tenants. There have scores of car accidents, fatalities and injuries due to the lack of a stop sign at this intersection. The city need a to think about the safety of the people who pay the taxes who’ll be inhabiting those new buildings. It’s outrageous!

    • Please excuse my non-edited comment. Being a mom has it’s distractions.

    • I imagine all of Sunset is going to start seeing more and more urban development, given it’s proximity to downtown. If you look at the traffic flow and level of carnage, it seems fairly obvious to me that each and every intersection should be signalized.

      The problem is the DOT. Their engineering guidelines value top speed/capacity over public safety/property values. There’s no reason anyone needs to be traveling faster than 25mph through urban neighborhoods, that’s what we have highways for.

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