HOLLYWOOD -- The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has agreed to implement a major improvement that will increase safety for pedestrians at one of the busiest intersections in Los Angeles, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.
Design will soon get underway for a ‘scramble crosswalk’ at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. A scramble is a crossing system that allows pedestrians to cross from all intersections in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time.
“Safe neighborhoods are my top priority, and a scramble crosswalk at Hollywood and Highland has been one of the top requests from residents and stakeholders who want to improve the overall experience in Hollywood,” said O’Farrell. “I would like to thank Seleta Reynolds and the Department of Transportation for partnering with my office to make this happen.”
"Hollywood and Highland is our red carpet entrance for people from around the world who come to experience Los Angeles' center stage,” said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT General Manager. “The new intersection design will prioritize the safety and comfort of people walking. We plan to implement this change in consultation with the community and will evaluate the before and after effects."
Councilmember O’Farrell is focused on pedestrian safety, and is working with LADOT and the Department of Public Works on several improvements in the Hollywood neighborhood:
-Hollywood and Highland Scramble Crosswalk
-Bus stop improvements on Highland Avenue (b/w Franklin and Sunset) and Vine Street (b/w Sunset and Fountain)
-Hollywood Blvd (b/w Gower St and Western Ave) Streetscape project
-Safe Routes to School project on Selma Ave for Hollywood High School and Selma Elementary
-New traffic signals approved for: Sunset/Las Palmas, Vine/Waring, Hollywood/McCadden, and Highland/Hawthorn.
The pedestrian scramble at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue has an estimated price tag of $50,000 and is expected to be completed before the end of the year. The approximate cost for all the improvements listed totals over $11 million.