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Do you Have Arroyo Seco Parkway Safety Suggestions?

Caltrans recently held a series of meetings to collect input on the safety and beatification of the Arroyo Seco Parkway. While these meeting are now over, residents can still e-mail thoughts to ArroyoSecoCMP@gmail.com.

Following the tragic fatality of —who burned to death in a vehicle that was rear-ended on the Arroyo Seco Parkway—several residents offered suggestions on how to make the highway safer.

"Why don't we reduce the speed limit to 45?" Gloria Guerin commented on Patch in September.

"The installation of cameras would be justified along the parkway to discourage speeding," Tuncer Toprakci echoed.

This month , which addressed some of these concerns, in South Pasadena and Highland Park.

The meetings were a part of a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) being developed for the highway by a team of consultants working for Caltrans in partnership with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

What Went Down

Although turnout was low due to the recent windstorm, officials told Whittier Daily News that the was productive.

The main concerns brought up included: signage, safety of onramps and offramps, lighting the corridor's scenic areas, increasing bike paths and restoring the channel, according to the publication.

South Pas Transportation Manager Dennis Woods also told Whittier Daily News that residents wanted the City's historic destinations to be highlighted. For instance, the , the , the and the

While the meetings are now over, residents can still e-mail input to ArroyoSecoCMP@gmail.com.

Patch Asks: Did you attend these meetings? Do you agree with the suggestions offered? What would you like to see change on the Arroyo Seco Parkway?

Kim Lesak December 12, 2011 at 08:42 PM
I drive the parkway everyday to get Downtown from South Pasadena. For the most part I find people to be courteous, but there are definitely speeders and drivers who like to swurve and cut you off. It becomes readily apparent who drives it daily and who is a first timer. Reducing the speed limit would be a great improvement, as would an alternate decorative motif on the median dividers vs. the "up smile-down smile" that they just applied. Come on! CALTRANS could have selected something a bit more attractive.
Carl Showalter December 12, 2011 at 08:54 PM
The biggest problem are the on/off ramps. In morning rush hour you pretty much have to from 0 to 60 on most on ramps. Compounding the problem are the assholes who insist on going full bore in the slow lane, making it downright life-threatening for those wanting to get on this so-called parkway.
Carl Showalter December 12, 2011 at 09:02 PM
As for suggestions, I don't think there's anything you can do that would make a difference short of widening it, adding real emergency lanes, and rebuilding all the on/off ramps.
Clyde Williams December 12, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Although Safety is/was a major issue for the SR-110 - quess what - the presenters did not have ANY "Pin Boards" as to where accidents have occurred and especially as to time, day, and conditions (night after 8pm??, Sat/Sun)... So what are they after??? Safety or INCREASED COMMUTER CAPACITY Easiest - Rumble Strips for lane separation and for travel lanes that really vibraTE OR MAKE LOUD NOISE AT 40+MPH - YEAH THEY WEAR OUT BUT i THINK AFTER A FEW YEARS PEOPLE WOULD SLOW DOWN. Speed cameras on the StateRoute may be a problem without some Reg/Law changes Usual problem is LADoT and Caltrans want to increase total (=commuter) volume - how to make capacity - alot of separate lanes for on/off ramps? straighten curves - check out the I-110 south of the I-10 - they can Reduce number of interchanges - leave the bridges We in El Sereno/RoseHills have the same problem with the Mission/Soto/Huntington road bridge (=Last real Redline Trolley bridge) and getting more flow on Soto Valley Blvd RR Bridge - Next Valley and Soto Bridge WHY - LADoT wants to help commuters - Huntington = 40,000car/day - with 5-7% at VanHorne/Huntington with 2-5 occupants - NOT owner/occupants/residents of LACity Tom
KingSlav December 14, 2011 at 07:09 PM
The recent redesign is terrible. Only a fool would call it historical in appearance, but more importantly it made the roadway more dangerous. The tall Jersey barricades that line the center median replacing the former open guard rails are a poor choice for such a winding parkway as they obscure driver's view of stalled traffic ahead. Who approved this dangerous design? Moreover, the meridian and sidewalls are now an open canvas for an overabundance of graffiti. Lower speed limits are not the answer. Patrolling the parkway is difficult because stopping violators is a hazard to the officer, the scofflaw and other drivers. The obvious solution of replacing the new barriers is fiscally a nonstarter. It looks like we are stuck with an ugly mess of a parkway. Also, there is apparently no money in the redesign budget for maintenance. The northbound exit ramp to Avenue 64 has had a smashed barrier for months and a chain link fence on the southbound shoulder just south of Avenue 64 has been unrepaired for six weeks making access to taggers all the easier. Who got paid-off to impose this disastrous design on us?

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