Councilmember Huizar works with Union de Vecinos and LA Department of Transportation to bring new traffic light to Boyle Heights near Evergreen Elementary School
Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar joined Wednesday morning with Union de Vecinos, a Boyle Heights’ improvement and advocacy organization, and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), to celebrate the Grand Opening of a new traffic signal at a critical intersection near a local elementary school.
After hearing from Union de Vecinos and other concerned community members about the dangerous and highly used Wabash Avenue and Fickett Street intersection, Councilmember Huizar requested that LADOT conduct a traffic study in 2012, which found that a traffic light was in deed needed at the intersection.
Huizar prioritized the project, which is down the street from Evergreen Elementary School, and in last year’s City 2014-2015 budget, the approximately $144,000 project was funded as part of citywide effort to fund new traffic signals.
“I want to thank Union de Vecinos for advocating for this traffic light to help improve the safety and walkability of our Boyle Heights community,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Working with LADOT, this project was high on my priority list. I’m proud we were able to complete it and honor our commitment to the Boyle Heights community to bring a major safety improvement to this much-utilized intersection.”
“It has been a long time and a lot of work to secure a stoplight at this intersection,” said Ofelia Platon, Boyle Heights’ resident and Union de Vecinos member. “So many of us in the community were happy to see the light go up and we thank Councilman Huizar for his support in making it safer for us to take our children to school.”