West Hollywood is expected to test six measures to reduce cut-through traffic and the speed of traffic in the West Hollywood West neighborhood.
The measures come from a study conducted by the Fehr and Peters consulting firm, which studied traffic in the neighborhood and got feedback about the issue from its residents. The West Hollywood West Residents Assoc., which represents residents in the area, has pressed the city to take steps to divert drivers who cut through the neighborhood on their way to other places.
The six measures have received the support of a majority of the neighborhood’s residents. That support is required before the Transportation Commission and the City Council can consider approving the measures. The council has previously approved five of the measures and a sixth, a speed bump on Westmount Drive between Melrose and Rosewood avenues, will come before the council after being reviewed by the Transportation Commission.
The city will study the traffic calming measures over three to six months. The temporary installation will cost $70,000. If all six are found to work, they will be permanently installed at a cost of $300,000.
The measures include the following:
- Curb extensions on Ashcroft Avenue and Dorrington Avenue at the alley between Doheny and Almont drives.
- Traffic circles along Almont Drive at Rangely, Dorrington and Ashcroft.
- Chicanes along Ashcroft and Dorrington avenues from Robertson Boulevard to Almont Drive. Chicanes are minor diversions on a roadway to force drivers to drive slowly.
- Mid-block chokers on Ashcroft Avenue and Dorrington Avenue between Robertson and San Vicente boulevards and curb extensions at Dorrington/San Vicente and at Ashcroft/Sherbourne/San Vicente. Chokers are curb extensions at mid-block or intersection corners that narrow a street by extending the sidewalk or widening a planting strip.
- Alternate mid-block bulb-outs, or curb extensions, and speed bumps along Huntley Drive between Melrose and Rosewood avenues.
- A speed bump on Westmount Drive between Melrose and Rosewood avenues.
At tonight’s City Council meeting, Councilmember John D’Amico also recommended the city consider traffic calming measures on the city’s Eastside, calling out Lexington Avenue. Councilmember Lauren Meister recommended the city also consider traffic calming measures in the alleyways connecting some of the West Hollywood West streets.