CYPRESS PARK — Engineers say they improve traffic flow and safety. But some drivers find them confusing and unnerving. The roundabout or traffic circle has many fans and foes. Northeast L.A. drivers will soon be able to decide into which camp they fall into when the city’s first major roundabout, a 100-foot-wide circle, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year in Cypress Park, according to the Department of Public Works.
Instead of a traditional intersection where streets cross at a single point, traffic from San Fernando Road, Figueroa Street and the new Riverside Bridge will flow into and out of the circle at different points without stop lights. There will be, however, flashing lights at four pedestrian crossings, and the center of the roundabout will be landscaped and feature a granite artwork, according to information provided by Public Works spokeswoman Tonya E. Durrell.
In addition, triangular median islands will separate traffic in each direction on Figueroa and San Fernando.
The roundabout itself is one of several projects intended to improve an isolated area cut off from the rest of Cypress Park by the 5 Freeway and from Lincoln Heights by the Arroyo Seco Freeway and river channel. The roundabout will be next to a plaza with a computer-controlled fountain and near parkland that is planned for the area around the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles River.
Another large roundabout is in the works for Cesar Chavez Avenue on the border of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.
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