ECHO PARK — City officials are working to install a flashing beacon and traffic warning sign on Sunset Boulevard in light of recent crashes.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has introduced a City Council motion to spend $5,000 on a 24-hour beacon and sign that would be installed on a section of Sunset that curves as it crosses over Glendale Boulevard. The goal is to warn eastbound motorists that they’re approaching a stop light around the curve at Lemoyne Street, where two crashes have taken place in recent months, said Council District spokesman Tony Arranaga.
The proposal to install the warning beacon was made following a mid-day crash in early August in which an eastbound vehicle on Sunset slammed into a parked pickup truck, which flipped over on its side and landed on the sidewalk in front of a restaurant. In December, a vehicle in a pre-dawn, hit-and-run destroyed parking meters, a couple of bike racks, street sign, and street tree, Arranaga said in an email.
A few blocks west, a new traffic signal and crosswalk is also planned for the “Mohawk Bend,” a stretch of Sunset that bends to the south near Mohawk Street. The bend has a reputation for auto collisions, with motorists losing control as they take the curve too fast. In 2009, a 21-year-old driver was killed when her car -traveling at at estimated 70 miles per hour – skidded out of control and slammed into the corner of Lucy’s Laundrymart.
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