Providing Safety for those that Walk, Drive, & Cycle in our Community
Posted by Councilmember Englander on April 14, 2017 at 5:13 PM
This week, I stood alongside the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), West Hills Neighborhood Council, and community members to announce the newly activated pedestrian warning devices installed at the Jason and Roscoe intersection in West Hills.
One year ago, a mother, adult daughter and their Labrador Retriever were fatally struck in this intersection. Even though the crosswalk was marked and the driver wasn’t speeding or distracted, it was too dark and the family couldn’t be seen while crossing.
LADOT followed my request and completed the traffic control report, authorizing Activated Pedestrian Warning Devices to be installed at the crosswalk. My office immediately funded the $80,000 needed for the crosswalk project and LADOT began their work.
They slowed down traffic by re-striping traffic lanes in order to remove a travel lane, and reduced the travel distance of the crosswalk - allowing pedestrians a shorter distance to traverse.
The new crosswalk device features a combination of two overhead flashing beacons, pedestrian controls, and in-road LEDs to vastly improve visibility for drivers to be aware of those crossing the intersection, especially at night.
This is the first time in the City of Los Angeles that this combination of pedestrian improvements have been installed. I want to thank LADOT, West Hills Neighborhood Council, and the community for coming together and ensuring this project happened as quickly as possible.
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