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UPDATE: Flashing Beacons Set for Installation on Santa Monica Boulevard

Tree removals and installation of three Rectangular Flashing Beacons on Santa Monica Boulevard might cause slightly more traffic over the next week.

[The following is an edited press release from the City of West Hollywood.]

The City of West Hollywood will Tuesday begin the first phases of the project to install three Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) to improve visibility at mid-block and unsignalized pedestrian crossings on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The RRFB project is expected to last through the week, and landscape work is scheduled to begin, according to city facilities manager, Steve Campbell. In addition, a majority of improvements and plant materials will be installed in early November.   

The items of work include the removal and relocation of eleven palm trees and landscape improvements at the midblock unsignalized crosswalks on Santa Monica Boulevard at Orange Grove Avenue, Hancock Avenue and La Peer Drive. The trees will be relocated to other areas on the median where pedestrian visibility is not a concern. Landscape work includes irrigation repair, removal of existing landscape material, and installation of new low growing plant material. The City’s tree services contractor, West Coast Arborists, and Mariposa Landscape will complete the landscape improvements. 

Intermittently throughout the project, lanes of traffic will be closed in both directions on Santa Monica Boulevard. Electronic sign boards will be placed at strategic locations to alert drivers of expected congestion and to suggest alternate routes. 

Santa Monica Boulevard west of La Cienega Boulevard is one of the most heavily trafficked thoroughfares in West Hollywood, traveled by an estimated 60,000 vehicles per day. The installation of the high-visibility crosswalk lights will serve to increase safety for pedestrians who live and shop in the neighborhood, while not significantly impeding traffic.

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scott ferguson October 16, 2012 at 04:48 AM
This is an excellent idea, if perhaps a bit overdue. I'm sure there are others that could use this, but the crosswalks on Sunset near Carroll, near Hammond, and then between Palm and the Sunset Plaza also could use these.
Rudolf Martin October 16, 2012 at 05:41 AM
nice to see this is being done and pedestrian safety increased. pedestrians and bicyclists should be treated as royalty and drivers encouraged to stay out of their cars. as a next step we should think about expanding the city line bus service to offer a viable alternative for locals to get around. i would love to see a real plan for the future of traffic and public transportation in our city.

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