WeHo Plans Test of Traffic Calming Measures in West Hollywood West

West Hollywood is expected to test six measures to reduce cut-through traffic and the speed of traffic in the West Hollywood West neighborhood.

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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.

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JG's mom
JG's mom
4 years ago

And Honu, if you hate our city that we love so much .. Why are you reading our local news ?

JG's Mom
JG's Mom
4 years ago

Harper between SM and Fountain is treated as a highway during rush hours – people drive so fast and blow through the Norton stop sign . I’ve almost been hit 12 times in the past 5 years . Please don’t forget about those of us that are East of La Cienega !

Joel
4 years ago

This has less to do with the “net worth” of anyone in West Hollywood West but more to do with the concerned and participitative activity of our neighborhood association. To the person concerned with other areas— organize, do some leg work– and you would be surprised what you can accomplish. It doesn’t happen by only whining and complaining that others are getting unfair attention. Our group went door to door–day after day– to gather the necessary support.

Honu Pila
4 years ago

West Hollywood traffic is not an issue for me because I refuse to go to West Hollywood. I hate West Hollywood. You can have your dirty congested crime infested city. Yuck!

C.R.
C.R.
4 years ago

You must be new to West Hollywood, Matt. The city suffers from a lack of street parking and you want to eliminate it from one of the major streets entirely? There is no point making suggestions like this without your plan for where all those people are going to park.

Matt
4 years ago

Wait, the problem is people driving too fast through these parts. In my experience it’s always the opposite.

My suggestion, get rid of all parking on Fountain so you can actually move through it before Fairfax coming from the west.

Rudolf Martin
Rudolf Martin
4 years ago

The squeaky wheel is getting the grease, they do need them, next we need them on Vista as well, I’ve seen 3 parked cars totaled by speeding cars just last year. Traffic will only get worse with 2000 new apartments coming online on the eastside, people try to zip through the side streets while looking at their traffic apps.

Flores St.
Flores St.
4 years ago

Cars speed down Flores between Fountain and Santa Monica all the time, aided by the decline!

Una
Una
4 years ago

What about Palm Ave south of Holloway? Crammed at rush hour and speeding cars the rest of the day.

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Why no mention of Keith Ave between Doheny and Robertson? Or, Cynthia between Doheny and San Vicente? Whenever there’s heavier than normal traffic on SMB, these two get a lot more traffic. And it’s not just the traffic but the inconsiderate drivers who block intersections and/or ignore the stop signs.

John McCormick
John McCormick
4 years ago

Wealthy homeowners getting attention. How about the north/south street like Hacienda, Sweetzer and Laurel that actually have speeding cars cutting traffic to get to Fountain or Sunset. Oh that’s right, we’re just apt dwellers…

fine7760
4 years ago

The sheriffs have tried with only minimal success to slow down the traffic on Olive Dr. between Fountain and Santa Monica during the AM rush. And if Santa Monica is tied up cars are lines up ten to fifteen deep awaiting to make a right turn. Olive Dr. is too wide and needs to be both narrowed and have speed bumps installed. However I understand from a city employee Emser Tile is opposed to it because the trucks making deliveries to them would be hampered even though the street is posted on both ends restricting the use of Olive Dr.… Read more »