City Officials Dedicate Pedestrian Safety Improvements Near Micheltorena Elementary School

City Officials Dedicate Pedestrian Safety Improvements Near Micheltorena Elementary School

SILVER LAKE -- City officials, members of the Silver Lake community, and a group of local students dedicated the completion of a Safe Routes to School Project that will provide greater accessibility to sidewalks, more visible crosswalks, and improve the overall look and feel of the streets around Micheltorena Elementary School on Sunset Boulevard.

The scope of the project, which aims to enhance the pedestrian experience, includes the installation of four sidewalk ‘bump outs’ and upgraded curb ramps for improved ADA access, the installation of 17 tree wells and planting of street trees, and the addition of a bike corral on the campus of Micheltorena Elementary. This is the third streetscape improvement project in Silver Lake in as many years.

“I am so proud of the work we are doing to make Los Angeles more walkable, more pedestrian friendly, more accessible, and most importantly even safer for everyone,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell during the ribbon cutting event “I want to thank all the departments for their service to our constituents, as well as Micheltorena Principal Susanna Furfari for helping the city move the ball forward on this project.”

In addition to the pedestrian safety improvements, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) upgraded 50 traffic signals along the Sunset Boulevard corridor to improve synchronization. Crews also installed a new traffic signal at Edgecliffe Drive, and relocated poles and a crosswalk to add an ADA-compliant ramp for the east crosswalk at Sunset Boulevard and Micheltorena Avenue.

The project was funded through the Safe Routes to School program, a state and federal program for safety improvements around schools, and through LADOT’s Adaptive Traffic Control System signal synchronization program in Echo Park and Silver Lake. The project was a collaboration between the 13th District Council Office, Bureau of Street Services, and LADOT, as well as Micheltorena Elementary School principal Susanna Furfari who were all in attendance at the event to dedicate the project.

During the event, which took place across the street from Micheltorena Elementary School, the Councilmember highlighted recent work by the Bureau of Street Lighting. The department just installed six new lights along the Micheltorena stairs, improving public safety on the iconic hillside passageway.

Silver Lake resident Scott Plante worked with the Council office on this community improvement.

"Since 2011, I have been working alongside Bob Lisauskas, Alex Rosen, and the Silver Lake Improvement Association to get safer lighting installed on the Micheltorena steps," said Plante. "The Council District office, and especially Mary Rodriguez, deserve thanks as they kept pushing to see this project come to fruition, and today we finally have adequate lighting which has created a safer passageway for residents and visitors."