Echo Park drivers prepare for a new direction on Baxter Street

No parking will be allowed on Baxter while new one-way signs are being installed onTuesday

Echo Park  —  Better pay close attention to which way you are driving on Baxter Street. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22, the first new one-way signs are scheduled to be installed on a two-block stretch to deter drivers using Waze and other navigation apps from using the steep and narrow street.

Just to complicate things for commuters and locals, a one block of stretch of Baxter will be converted to a one-way direction westbound between Allesandro Street and Alvarado Street at the top of the hill. But, on the other side of that hill between Alvarado and Lake Shore, Baxter will be one-way in an eastbound direction.

A section of Fargo Street will be converted to a one-way street and there will be other signs posted.

Officers will be on hand tomorrow as the direction of the street changes, said Oliver Hou with the Department of Transportation. But the officers will be there primarily to make sure conditions remain safe and not necessarily issue tickets, he said.

If you live or drive on this stretch of Baxter, let us know how the change in direction goes.

Here’s a rundown of the upcoming changes:

  • Baxter Street between Allesandro Street and North Alvarado Street will be converted to a one-way street in the westbound direction.
  • Baxter Street between North Alvarado Street and Lake Shore Avenue will be converted to a one-way street in the eastbound direction.
  • Fargo Street between Allesandro Street and North Alvarado Street will also be converted to a one-way street going westbound.
  • Cove Avenue between Cerro Gordo Street and Lake Shore Avenue will also be converted to a one-way street going eastbound.
  • Two stop signs will be added to Lake Shore Avenue at Baxter Street, making the intersection a four-way stop.

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  1. This should have been for local traffic only during these hours…there are exceptions to all rules.
    Get ready for the Landa / Whitmore traffic jam. This is even dangerous for good drivers who are not scared.

  2. Waze and Google have obviously turned off the route. This afternoon there is zero commuter traffic on Lake Shore, Baxter, Cove. So no need for new road rules. Just keep it off. Right?

  3. mario hernandez

    Sounds great , however I perdict , they will use Lakeshore Avenue to Alvardo Street down Clifford street . Kids be very careful . From the the start they should have add speed bumps on Lakeshore Avenue. I have one question why did they only install speed bump on 1600s Lakeshore Avenue did someone really important live on the street maybe a contributor ? To our thoughtful Mayor ?

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