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Atwater Village weighs in on Fletcher Drive safety improvements

City transportation officials presented plans earlier this week to improve safety along a one-mile long stretch of Fletcher Drive, which was described as one of the most dangerous streets in Los Angeles. But some elements of the  plans, which included reducing traffic lanes while adding bike lanes, were criticized by many residents, who said they would only worsen traffic congestion. Read More »

Fletcher Drive road diet in Atwater Village

“Road Diet” in the works for Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village

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 ... Read More »

Metro board votes against funding 710 Freeway tunnel

Metro’s board of directors today withdrew critical support and funding needed to build an approximately six-mile-long highway tunnel to close the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena. Instead, the transit agency board voted in favor of funding a variety of street and traffic improvements rather than chipping in to help Caltrans build the controversial tunnel, a project expected to ... Read More »

Councilman Gil Cedillo’s tunnel vision

The L.A. City Council on Wednesday voted 10-1 to support state legislation prohibiting the construction of approximately six miles of roadway tunnels to close the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena. Who was the lone vote in favor of the tunnels? It was First District Councilman Gil Cedillo. The proposed tunnel would not pass under Cedillo’s district. The ... Read More »

City will pay $4.5 million over deadly Eagle Rock bike crash

EAGLE ROCK — L.A.’s uneven pavement apparently cost a cyclist his life, and will now cost the city $4.5 million dollars, according to the L.A. Times. The City Council agreed Wednesday to pay a settlement to the family of Edgardo Gabat, 56, who died in August 2014 after hitting a a 2-inch ridge in the concrete pavement along Colorado Boulevard, ... Read More »

The first steps are being taken to make Avenue 26 more pedestrian friendly

LINCOLN HEIGHTS -- Los Angeles, as many walkers will tell you, is not the most pedestrian-friendly city. The streets near Cypress Park-Lincoln Heights Gold Line station is a typical representation of the problems pedestrians face: narrow sidewalks, speeding cars, freeway on/off ramps and poor lighting. Some improvements, however, are in the works. Read More »

Prepare To Stop: Traffic signals await drivers at the end of the 2 Freeway

SILVER LAKE — Traffic is frequently at a near standstill on the southern end of the  2 Freeway where it narrows and dumps southbound traffic onto Glendale Boulevard.  But sometime later this year, new signal lights will force southbound drivers to stop when they might have been able to speed (or crawl) through in the past. Some of the signals ... Read More »

Echo Park gets new blacktop and bike lanes

ECHO PARK —  Many residents were surprised to find a stretch of Glendale Boulevard closed this past weekend as crews resurfaced the busy road and applied a new layer of blacktop.  There was another surprise when the street was restriped, revealing the addition of new bike lanes on both sides of the street. But don’t get too excited — the ... Read More »

Drivers weigh in after taking the Riverside Roundabout for a spin

CYPRESS PARK — It’s been about two months since the Riverside Roundabout — the city’s first major traffic circle — was officially dedicated.  How are motorists dealing with driving around in circles?  It seems to be going well, say traffic engineers. But drivers still need to slow down, and city officials are taking steps to make sure things go smoothly ... Read More »