FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2015
Los Angeles—Councilmember Cedillo continues to improve public safety in Council District 1 with the introduction of a motion that allocates funds to pay for a traffic signal along North Figueroa. The intersection of North Figueroa and Avenue 55 has a high occurrence of pedestrian and bicyclist collisions with vehicles. From 2013 through September, 2015, there have been a total of six pedestrian and bicyclist collisions resulting in three pedestrian and two bicyclist injured and one pedestrian fatality.
The City of Los Angeles applied for and was granted funds to implement Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) throughout the City. During the RRFB design for North Figueroa and Avenue 55, the Department of Transportation found that a full signal was warranted, however, there were insufficient grant funds for this project. Council District 1 identified additional funds that will allow the signal to be constructed to address the critical pedestrian safety needs along this heavily utilized pedestrian and transit corridor.
The motion introduced today authorizes the Department of Transportation to:
- Issue a non-participating construction change order to the ongoing contract for ATSAC implementation to construct a new traffic signal at the intersection of North Figueroa and Avenue 55.
- Transfer $300,000 from AB1290 Fund 53P/28, CD1 Account 281201, to the ASTAC Trust Fund 484/94 and appropriate therefrom to a new account entitled “North Figueroa/Avenue 55 Traffic Signal.”
- Transfer $5,000 from the ATSAC Trust Fund 484/94, “North Figueroa/Avenue 55 Traffic Signal” Account, to the Department of Transportation Fund 100/94, Account 001090 Salaries Overtime, for staffing expenses associated with expediting the construction of the new signal.
The motion will be placed on the next available agenda for approval.
Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.