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Hollywood and Highland unveils new crosswalk

HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds and local residents and business owners were on hand Nov. 15 to dedicate the new scrambled crosswalk that was recently installed at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

A scramble crosswalk provides a crossing system that allows all pedestrians to cross from each corner, in all directions, including diagonally, at the same time.

“We are working toward the goal of greater pedestrian safety with a new scramble crosswalk for one of the most heavily traveled intersections in all of Los Angeles,” O’Farrell said. “The ‎Hollywood scramble will provide greater access and improve the flow of foot and vehicular traffic in the heart of ‎Hollywood. I want to thank General Manager Seleta Reynolds and the staff at the Department of Transportation, and the mayor’s Great Streets team, for working collaboratively with my office on pedestrian safety enhancements, and for identifying the funding that made this project possible in such a short amount of time.”

Last August, the Department of Transportation agreed to implement the scramble crosswalk at an estimated cost of $50,000.

Prior to the scramble, pedestrians crossed in the traditional fashion, waiting for a green light and “walk” signal in each direction, with no diagonal crossing. The crush of pedestrians at the intersection — which is in the heart of Hollywood and near attractions such as the Hollywood & Highland Center and the TCL Chinese, Dolby and El Capitan theaters — often overflows out of crosswalks and sometimes moves between cars trying to make turns.

Reynolds said the new design “will prioritize the safety and comfort of people walking.”

The city will monitor the new crosswalk to see if it works as expected and if so, they may implement scramble crosswalks elsewhere.

When Mayor Eric Garcetti initially announced plans for the scramble, he also mentioned intersections including Seventh and Flower streets downtown as possible sites for other scramble crosswalks.

 

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