Traffic on Fountain Avenue in front of King Middle School on the edge of Silver Lake can get hectic at times, especially when parents are picking up and dropping off kids while westbound cars back up waiting to make a left turn at Myra Avenue. Would adding a left-turn arrow to the signal light make conditions safer for cars and pedestrians? The office of Councilman Tom LaBonge thinks so and has requested that the city’s Department of Transportation study the feasibility and cost of adding a left-turn arrow at the intersection. The council motion reads in part:
Thomas Starr King Middle School, located in the Franklin Hills community, faces a daily challenge at the intersection of Fountain Avenue and Myra Avenue, where there is constant back-up created by the lack of a left-tum phase for westbound traffic on Fountain Avenue. Installation of a signalized tum phase will be of great benefit to all those who use this intersection, creating a safer area for both pedestrians and vehicle traffic.
Now what about a left-turn arrow at Fountain and Sunset Boulevard?