Construction is expected to begin today to fill an approximately 500-foot long gap in the path circling the Silver Lake reservoirs. But before walkers and joggers can take advantage of the new path along Tesla Avenue, they will be directed away from the construction area to a short detour on nearby streets. In addition, traffic on Tesla – a narrow street that runs along the northern edge of the Ivanhoe Reservoir, will be restricted to westbound cars and trucks only. Craig Collins, President of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, explains on Patch what pedestrians can expect once the pathway is completed:
A pleasant new rounded corner will be created at the corner of West Silver Lake Drive. This will improve safety at this blind intersection, where a pedestrian was injured in an accident just a few months ago. Under the shady pine grove, a new rest bench will be added. The biggest part of the project involves notching out a section of the Ivanhoe Reservoir Dam to allow for the path, which will have an attractive new retaining wall and fence. The path will meander slightly through an olive grove adjacent to the Neighborhood Nursery School, and the School will have its fence moved back to accommodate the path. Finally, a section of fence at the Armstrong Ave. corner of Tesla will be removed next to the Reservoir entrance station, and a bench will be added at that location.
The detour will funnel pedestrians to Armstrong Avenue and West Silver Lake Drive. The new path is expected to be completed in mid-October.