EL SERENO — City officials are exploring additional ways to improve safety along Alhambra Avenue, where a mother carrying her two-year-old child was killed crossing the street last month.
The office of Councilman Jose Huizar has proposed transferring $10,000 in funds to help pay for preliminary survey work of safety improvements along the avenue, a four-lane road that runs past a mix of industrial and warehouse buildings as well as some shops and apartments.
A workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, to discuss potential improvements. The possibilities range from new center turn lanes and high-visibility crosswalks to bike lanes and street resurfacing.
The street has been scene of at least two deadly crashes and other collisions during the past year:
- A mother, Alicia Bello, was killed and her child injured after the woman was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 5200 block.
- A driver was killed when his car smashed into a trash truck in the 5000 block of Alhambra in March 2016.
- Holy Grounds Coffee has been closed since October after a car slammed into the entrance of the coffee house in the 5300 block.
- A pickup truck slammed into a building in the 5300 block — across the street from Holy Grounds — in November.
Council office spokesman Rick Coca said the safety study was not prompted by any single crash. Instead, it is part of an ongoing effort to improve safety along the street. That includes the upcoming installation of a new traffic light on an “S” curve along Alhambra at Lowell Avenue.
“We sincerely hope that people come to this meeting and tell our departments what that change should be,” Coca said. “It was not in response to the heart-wrenching death of Alicia Bello, but that tragedy underscores the need for change on Alhambra Avenue.”
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