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Traffic Signals Going in at Lincoln Ave. & Altadena Dr.

Altadena Dr. is a major conduit for people who like to avoid 210 Freeway traffic.

Update: The plan to put in traffic signals is part of a long-existing agreement related to La Viña development, according to Edel Vizcarra, the planning deputy for Supervisor Michael Antonovich.  He did not immediately have exact dates on when the agreement was put into place.

Original: Locals know that one of the fastest ways to travel between East Pasadena and west Altadena is Altadena Dr., but for the five-mile segment that cuts through Altadena, there are only a handful of traffic signals. 

A new pair of signals is being installed at the intersection of Altadena Dr. and Lincoln Ave.  This intersection is especially busy in the morning when JPL employees are heading to the facility in the Arroyo Seco and parents are dropping of their children at Odyssey Charter School.  It’s also the main way out of the La Viña development.

The corner can get busy after school and in the evening as well, but during off-peak times there are usually very few vehicles passing through. 

The project is well underway, with concrete curbs installed and electrical going in.

Kiki S. October 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Does anyone know the name of the construction company? One of their guys, presumably a supervisor, flipped off the lady in front of me who was stopped at the construction, in full view of my children and the other school children at the local charter school. I'd like to get a hold of someone at the company and let them know how the workers are treating the locals.
karen December 11, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I have lived here for 6 years and have never saw enough traffic to merit these signals. Have there been too many accidents, or incidents of speeding in the area?
Gene Stevenson December 11, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I counted 14 light standards on the four corners of Lincoln and Altadena Drive, enough to have us all blinded by the lights. What is the standard for standards for a not so major intersection like L an A Drive? How about those outsized islands or whatevers(??) this company brought in? They along appear to be traffic hazards in the making - just misjudge a turn one day/night Altadena, Altadena. Our concern has been the blight at that intersection, not traffic lights! Someone misunderstood, obviously.
Nico December 11, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Today was a total mess there. A huge backup of cars going to the school for pickups blocking the intersection east-west. Cars trying to squeeze past N-S past jackhammers, broken concrete...and horses and kids walking home weaving in and out of traffic--no one to direct traffic. It is a really dangerous situation down there, and the county needs to step up and regulate this mess before someone gets run over.
Reiu K December 11, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Same issue with the North bound lane. Horses will have to walk along the roadway to enter intersection. The issue with horses, after sunset it's very difficult to see them on the road way. Horses don't have lights or reflectors and the riders often wear non reflective clothing. They could at least wear reflective vest at sunset or darkness. I do hope the horse riders will exercise caution at this intersection.

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