ECHO PARK — A new traffic signal has been activated on Sunset Boulevard at Mohawk Street on a curving section of roadway that has been the scene of frequent collisions, some of them deadly.
The new light and crosswalks means that motorists will now face three traffic signals in a short, four-block stretch between Alvarado Street and Rosemont Avenue. But pedestrians will gain a safer place to cross Sunset.
It’s been nearly three years since the Department of Transportation approved installing a traffic signal at the intersection along a curving stretch of Sunset dubbed the Mohawk Bend. An estimated 36,000 vehicles a day pass through this section of Sunset, a traffic study found at the time.
The bend has a reputation for auto collisions, with motorists losing control as they take the curve too fast. The opening of new restaurants, bars and shops has also increased the number of pedestrians crossing the street, with many frequently jaywalking through speeding traffic.
In 2009, a 21-year-old driver was killed when her car -traveling at an estimated 70 miles per hour – skidded out of control and slammed into the corner of the former Lucy’s laundry building. A month later, another person was injured during a crash at the same intersection.
In 2014, a motorcyclist who police said had apparently been in a street race died after crashing his bike at the intersection in front of Fire Station No. 20.
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