The city of Los Angeles activated a new pedestrian crosswalk on July 7 at the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Orange Drive through a partnership between the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz’s office and the Melrose Business Improvement District.
Koretz said his office received requests from residents in the surrounding neighborhood asking for a crosswalk at the location. Pedestrians activate the crosswalk by pressing a button, and a signal stops traffic in both directions with a solid red light.
There are no traffic signals on the three-block stretch of Melrose Avenue between Mansfield and La Brea avenues where the crosswalk is located.
“You can imagine how dangerous it is to get across here as a pedestrian, just seeing how the traffic is here. So, the installation of this crosswalk is a night and day improvement that enhances this area for pedestrian shopping,” Melrose BID executive director Donald Duckworth said. “We call this area the design district of Melrose because it’s an upper end, classy furniture and design amenity shopping area, and we’re trying to promote that. This is one of the first things we’ve been able to do and I think it’s a tremendous improvement.”
The crosswalk took more than a year to go through the city approval and design process.
It was installed to improve overall safety as opposed to being placed at the site of a particular accident or collision, Duckworth added.
“It was installed to promote pedestrian access to both sides of the road. Before this crosswalk was here, you took your life in your hands to get across the street,” he added. “People can cross now without walking all the way around, so this is a major improvement. We want to do more down on other parts of Melrose.”
Koretz said it was important to implement the new safety measure for residents and visitors.
“This is an area that has always needed a safer crossing and the community suggested it and we worked with everybody,” Koretz added. “We’re proud that it’s here and hopefully, this makes it easier and safer to cross Melrose and that keeps everybody safe.”
Max Reisman, who lives on Orange Drive just south of Melrose Avenue, said the new crosswalk couldn’t come soon enough.
“I was very excited because I always have to walk two blocks up or two blocks down to cross, or risk my life running,” Reisman said. “I am very happy about it.”
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