Bike lanes? Road diet? Sidewalk repairs? Glassell Park to consider Verdugo Road safety improvements

GLASSELL PARK — Residents and city officials will gather Thursday night to consider traffic safety problems and potential solutions along an approximately mile-long stretch of Verdugo Road on the western section of the neighborhood. Those improvements could range from fixing sidewalks and making crosswalks more visible to adding bike lanes and removing lanes for cars and trucks.

The Verdugo Road Project would focus attention primarily on the Verdugo Village section of Glassell Park between the 2 Freeway and the City of Glendale. It’s a stretch of road that is a mix of shops, apartments and gas stations.

Unlike the streetscape improvements in the works for Fletcher Drive, the Verdugo project is in the “embryonic state” and has not received any approvals or budget, said Bruce Gillman, a spokesman with the L.A. Department of Transportation.

The office of Councilman Jose Huizar worked with the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and the Glassell Park Improvement Association to organize Thursday’s meeting.

“This will be the first discussion where we hear from the community about what they might want to see,” said council district spokesman Rick Coca. “Our office and LADOT will be there to listen. We just want to hear what the community wants to see there and we’ll go from there.”

The meeting on Thursday, May 19 will be held at 7 p.m. at the Glassell Park Community Center, 3750 Verdugo Road.

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