Drive under way to make turning left easier, safer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsGreuel, who chairs the council’s Transportation Committee, said the signals are part of a complicated citywide transit solution. “We have a traffic crisis in Los Angeles and people demand immediate relief,” Greuel said. “No longer will you have to play chicken with oncoming traffic to see if you can make it through the light.” City traffic engineers say the lights can reduce accidents by up to 66percent and reduce waiting times for motorists. The move comes as part of Villaraigosa’s efforts to return to dealing with traffic issues as one of his priorities. Intersections in the Valley that will get the new signals include Balboa and Burbank boulevards, Branford Street and San Fernando Road, Glenoaks Boulevard and Osborne Street, Glenoaks Boulevard and Tuxford Street, Glenoaks and Van Nuys boulevards, Hazeltine Avenue and Riverside Drive, Lankershim Boulevard and San Fernando Road, Lankershim Boulevard and Tuxford Street, Laurel Canyon and Osborne Avenue, and Laurel Canyon and Roscoe Boulevard. Also, Osborne Street and San Fernando Road, Plummer Street and Woodman Avenue, Reseda and Victory boulevards, the San Diego Freeway at Sherman Oaks, San Fernando Road and Sheldon Street, San Fernando Road and Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Way and Winnetka Avenue, and Vanowen Street and Winnetka Avenue. Expanding a program started last month to increase the number of left-turn signals and improve city traffic, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday launched a new initiative under the banner of “The Right to Turn Left” campaign. At the busy North Hollywood intersection of Lankershim and Laurel Canyon boulevards, Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel announced that 100 more intersections throughout the city will receive the left-turn-lane signals. Villaraigosa said 60percent of the intersections that will receive the signals are in the San Fernando Valley. “Every commuter in this city has a fundamental right to turn left,” Villaraigosa said. “Logjams created by intersections without left-turn signals are responsible for some of the worst gridlock in the city.” The program, expected to cost $3million out of the Department of Transportation’s budget, is expected to be completed by June 30. [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more