UPDATE 4.6.17

TRAFFIC CALMING MEETING 4/18:

Hello Neighbors,
Traffic Calming is moving forward with new installations next month. The City is inviting us to a special outdoor meeting where we'll learn about the next phase of our Traffic Calming Project.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
@Almont Drive/Ashcroft Avenue

The following new treatments are scheduled to be installed in May:

MID-BLOCK MEDIAN: Dorrington and Ashcroft (between Robertson and Almont) & Dorrington and Ashcroft (between Robertson and San Vicente)

SPEED LUMPS: Huntley (between Melrose and Rosewood) & Westmount (between Melrose and Rosewood)

Neighbors who attend this meeting will learn how road treatments can reduce speeding and cut-through traffic. This is also an opportunity for residents to ask questions and share observations. For further information about this meeting, you can contact the city’s Traffic Management Specialist, Walter Davis at 323-848-6328 wdavis@weho.org

Please make every effort to attend what promises to be a very informative gathering. Thank you for your support and commitment to your neighborhood. West Hollywood West Residents Association

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TRAFFIC CALMING FAQ's

Test versions of traffic circles have been installed on Almont Drive as the first in a series of traffic calming measures in our neighborhood. These are installed to verify the traffic analysis. They are not the final versions, the photo attached is an example of a permanent traffic circle installation that will have plants and greenery and smaller signage.

Your input, the department’s observations and traffic recounts will be evaluated before any permanent installations are made.

Below you will find a detailed discussion and FAQs from the City about the Traffic Calming measures proposed for West Hollywood West.

Your comments to the City about the installation are a very important during the evaluation period. Please email your questions or comments to Walter Davis at wdavis@weho.org who will be coordinating with various blocks around the neighborhood. You are welcome to also email whwra90048@gmail.com.

 

HERE ARE THE DETAILS.............

WEST HOLLYWOOD WEST NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING UPDATE:


The West Hollywood West neighborhood test traffic calming project is in progress, beginning with the installation of four stop control traffic circles at on Almont Drive, at Rangely Avenue, Dorrington Avenue, Ashcroft Avenue and Rosewood Avenue. The purpose of traffic calming is to reduce cut-through traffic and speeding within the neighborhood. Other treatments to be installed within the next several weeks include:

  • Medians-Ashcroft and Dorrington
  • Bulb-outs-Ashcroft, Dorrington and Huntley
  • Speed lumps- Huntley and Westmont

This test project is the result of recommendations from a traffic study that incorporated extensive neighborhood input from community meetings in 2014 and 2015. A majority of area residents supported traffic calming which led to the City Council’s approval in December 2015, to implement the test project.

This project is part of the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP). The NTMP establishes a process where the community and the City work together to identify and solve traffic related problems by considering various traffic calming solutions. In June 2016, the City Council approved the 2017-2021 Five Year Capital Work Plan which included a budget of $1,271,835 for neighborhood traffic calming projects citywide over the next 5 years. The City’s operating budget is reviewed and revised every two years. Funding for construction of traffic calming is based on a neighborhood/street priority system that includes, volumes, speeds, accidents and pedestrian generators.

PURPOSE OF THE TESTING PHASE

The purpose of the 4 month test is to evaluate the devices’ effectiveness in reducing cut-through traffic and speeding within the neighborhood, prior to installing permanent features. The focus during the test phase will only be on the function of the devices, not appearance. The test design will consist of signs, heavy plastic bollards, road striping and markings. Design adjustments may be necessary during the test. During the evaluation, staff will also monitor surrounding residential streets without traffic calming devices for unintended traffic diversion or speeding. In addition to conducting traffic counts and field observations, staff will be gathering input from residents, the Fire Department and City’s Solid Waste and Recycling contractor to make a determination to permanently maintain the device.

NEXT STEPS FOLLOWING THE ALMONT TRAFFIC CIRCLES

Before other devices are installed, City staff will hold a meeting with residents to reassess their comfort level with the loss of on-street parking space associated with some devices and discuss alternatives. Staff will make arrangements to meet with residents in the designated petition areas in about 3 weeks, before the installation occurs.

ASHCROFT AND DORRINGTON TREATMENTS BETWEEN ALMONT AND ROBERTSON AND BETWEEN ROBERTSON AND SAN VICENTE

Staff has reevaluated Ashcroft Avenue and Dorrington Avenue between Almont and Robertson and is proposing installing a mid-block test median instead of a series of chicanes. Chicanes are staggered curb extensions positioned to alter vehicle travel paths and reduce speeding. Staff believes a mid-block median on Ashcroft and Dorrington coupled with the traffic circle at Almont is an efficient proposal in reducing speeds. The median will require the loss 2 to 3 parking spaces, compared to a set of chicanes requiring a loss of 8 to 10 parking spaces. Staff has prepared a test median design and is ready to install the device following consultation with the residents regarding the loss of on-street parking spaces. The median will not impact driveway access.

Staff also reevaluated Ashcroft Avenue and Dorrington Avenue between Robertson and San Vicente and is proposing installing a mid-block median instead of mid-block bulb-outs to reduce speeding. The median which will require the loss 2 to 3 parking spaces, compared to the mid-block bulb-outs will require the loss of 4 to 6 parking spaces. Staff has prepared a test median design and is ready to install the device following consultation with the residents regarding the loss of on-street parking spaces. The median will not impact driveway access.

ASHCROFT AND DORRINGTON TREATMENTS AT ALLEY

A bulb-out is a curb extension that encourages traffic calming by reducing speeds of turning vehicles at the intersection and visually narrowing the road. The bulb-outs on Ashcroft and Dorrington at the east side of the alley require a loss of 2 on-street parking spaces at each location. No additional petition is required. Staff has prepared a test bulb-out design and is ready to install the device following consultation with the residents regarding the loss of on-street parking spaces.

HUNTLEY TREATMENTS BETWEEN MELROSE AND ROSEWOOD

Two bulb-outs and speed lumps are proposed for Huntley. A bulb-out is a curb extension that encourages traffic calming by visually narrowing the road. A speed lump is a device that reduces speeds by vertical deflection. The 2 bulb-outs on Huntley require a loss of about 4 to 6 parking spaces. The 2 speed lumps will not impact parking spaces. The speed lumps are made of rubber. Staff has prepared test designs and is ready to install the devices following consultation with the residents regarding the loss of on-street parking spaces.


WESTMOUNT TREATMENT BETWEEN MELROSE AND ROSEWOOD

A speed lump is a proposed for Westmount. A speed lump is a device that reduces speeds by vertical deflection. The speed lump will not impact parking spaces. The speed lumps are made of rubber.




QUESTIONS WEST HOLLYWOOD WEST RESIDENTS MAY HAVE


WILL ADJUSTMENTS BE MADE DURING THE EVALUATION?


Maybe. Staff may need to make adjustments to enhance the performance of the test device, including extending red curb sections abutting the devices.

IF I AM IN A PETITION AREA THAT DID NOT GET SUPPORT FOR TRAFFIC CALMING, IS IT TOO LATE TO GET SUPPORT FOR TRAFFIC CALMING ON MY STREET?

No. There is no deadline for petitions. Residents in petition areas without sufficient signatures can continue to work on a consensus for traffic calming on their street.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PROPOSALS CREATE UNITENDED TRAFFIC DIVERSION ON MY STREET?


Staff will be monitoring the neighborhood for unintended traffic impact on surrounding residential streets during the evaluation. If any impact on surrounding streets is observed, staff will take immediate action to correct.

CAN MY STREET WHICH HAS NO PROPOSALS BE CONSIDERED FOR TRAFFIC CALMING DURING THE PROCESS?


Yes. Staff may reevaluate streets for potential traffic calming treatments as needed.

IF THE TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICE BECOMES PERMANENT, WILL THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE INPUT ON THE AESTHETICS?

Yes. However, the design of the permanent device will ultimately be determined by engineering standards. After the test, provided there is support from residents in the designated petition areas to make the treatments permanent, the City will present potential landscaping and/or artwork options to the neighborhood for discussion and input. The permanent aesthetics of the Almont traffic circles will be consistent with the new design currently under consideration for the Rosewood traffic circle.

WHY ISN’T MY STREET GETTING TRAFFIC CALMING TREATMENTS?


The West Hollywood West neighborhood traffic study recommendations were proposed for residential streets with higher traffic volumes and/or speeds. During the test period, staff will evaluate all West Hollywood West residential streets for potential treatments.

IS THE CITY WORKING ON TRAFFIC SIGNAL TIMING ON THE MAJOR ARTERIALS TO REDUCE CUT-THROUGH TRAFFIC IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?

Yes. The City continues to optimize the traffic signals improving the vehicle traffic flow and pedestrian crossings.



OTHER PROJECTS THAT WILL COMPLEMENT THE WEST HOLLYWOOD WEST NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT

LA CIENEGA/ROSEWOOD PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE IMPROVEMENTS AND POTENTIAL TRAFFIC CUT-THROUGH MITIGATION

In addition to the neighborhood treatments, West Hollywood is working with Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) on a redesign of the La Cienega/Rosewood intersection (shared by Los Angeles/West Hollywood) to prevent cut-through traffic on Rosewood as part of an upcoming Rosewood Bikeway Project by LADOT. The intersection will have a signalized or flashing crosswalk for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing La Cienega, but deter through east-west Rosewood vehicle through movement, reducing cut-through traffic in the neighborhood. City staff will keep residents informed.

DESIGN DISTRICT STREETSCAPE MASTER PLAN

The City has grant funding for improvements to Melrose between La Cienega and San Vicente. Installation schedule to be determined. Staff will keep residents informed.

ALMONT CUL-DE-SAC ENHANCEMENT

Pending funding from the 9039 Santa Monica Boulevard development, the design and construction of the Almont cul-de-sac enhancement is scheduled to start within 3 years. The 9039 Santa Monica development agreed to provide $250,000 for West Hollywood West neighborhood traffic calming.

Send your additional questions and comments regarding the West Hollywood West neighborhood test traffic calming contact Walter Davis at wdavis@weho.org

 

 




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The Board of Directors
West Hollywood West Residents Association
President – Richard Giesbret
Executive Vice President – Seth William Meier
Vice President – Sheila Kadisha
Treasurer – Eric D'Arbeloff
Secretary – Kimberly Winick

 

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