Changes are coming to Alhambra Avenue intended to improve safety along a stretch of road that has seen multiple fatalities and injuries in recent years.
The project involves reducing the number of traffic lanes from 4 to 2, the addition of bike lanes and new blinking crosswalks at Hollister Street and a traffic signal at Lowell Avenue, according to city officials.
Reducing traffic lanes — which is referred to as a road diet — has proven controversial in many neighborhoods. But residents like Doris Nevarez, a 40-year old El Sereno native, welcomes any changes to make things safer.
“Too many people have lost their lives either trying to cross the street or due to speeding,” said Nevarez, who has lived near Lowell and Alhambra avenues for more than 20 years. “It’s about time we put more stop lights here.”
In addition to a new signal light at Lowell, a nearby dirt pedestrian path that is perilously close to traffic on Alhambra Avenue will be replaced with a sidewalk to increase safety on a curving section of street.
These improvements are intended to slow traffic and boost safety along this road after years of community feedback and requests, said Rick Coca, spokesman for 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar.