HIGHLAND PARK — The intersection of Figueroa Street and N. Avenue 55 is a dangerous spot for pedestrians and cyclists. Since 2013, three pedestrians and two cyclists have been injured in collisions with motor vehicles. In September, 51-year-old Irma Yolanda Espinoza-Lugo died after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the same intersection. Now, there’s a proposal before the City Council to install a traffic signal at the location.
There are marked crosswalks where Figueroa crosses N. Avenue 55 and S. Avenue 55 but no traffic signals. Funds had already been allocated to install flashing beacons to improve safety when the city’s Department of Transportation determined that a full signal was needed, according a motion by Councilman Gil Cedillo. But there were insufficient funds to install the traffic light.
Now, under Cedillo’s motion, the city would transfer about $305,000 in funds from other accounts to pay for the new traffic signal “to address the critical pedestrian safety needs along this heavily utilized pedestrian and transit corridor.”
Cedillo made his proposal as he has been at odds with bike and pedestrian activists over ways to slow traffic and increase safety along Figueroa.
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