ECHO PARK — Traffic signals are being installed on Temple Street at Laveta Terrace in an area where several pedestrians have been struck by cars in recent years, including three girls who were seriously injured in a 2011 collision.
A traffic study requested by former Councilmember Ed Reyes determined that a traffic signal was warranted based on pedestrian and traffic volumes, roadway width and neighborhood pedestrian paths, said Jonathan Hui with the city’s Department of Transportation. The signal is expected to be finished at the end of May. Generally, a new traffic signal can cost approximately $180,000-$200,000, Hui said.
In addition to the 2011 collision, a 62-year-old man was injured during a hit-and-run last November as he crossed Temple at Patton Street, a block away from where the new traffic signal is being installed.