ATWATER VILLAGE — City transportation officials on Tuesday night will present plans to improve safety along a nearly mile-long stretch of Fletcher Drive, including proposals to remove a traffic lane in each direction while adding bike lanes, flashing pedestrian crossing lights as well as a center turn lane.
The changes come a few months after the city eliminated a traffic lane in each direction — called a “road diet” — on Fletcher Drive north of San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. Now, the city wants to make changes to Fletcher between San Fernando Road on the north and the 5 Freeway on the south, a section that runs primarily through Atwater Village.
Among the proposed changes that are to be presented and discussed:
- Reducing the number of motor vehicle lanes from 2 to 1 in each direction. That would allow for the creation of a middle turn lane.
- Add bike lanes in each direction or remove street parking during rush hours to improve traffic flow
- Install speed feedback signs, flashing pedestrian crossing lights and protected left-hand turn signals
- Extend the sidewalk or curb into the street at intersections to improve pedestrian safety
The changes are intended to improve safety along Fletcher. But the changes would also slow traffic, with officials estimating that driving times would be delayed by one to two minutes at different points on the street.
Tuesday’s open house will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, June 13 at the Goodwill Community Enrichment Center, 3150 San Fernando Road.
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