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Brand and Arleta intersection finally gets its traffic signal

January 22, 2009 | 10:00 am

As longtime observers know, rarely does the city of Los Angeles move at high speed when it comes to issues of traffic. But at least some things get done -- such as the new traffic signal being turned on this morning at Arleta Avenue and Brand Boulevard in Mission Hills.

A little background: The intersection sits next to Brand Park and over the years has seen some horrific accidents. Brand Boulevard is four lanes wide with a median, and Arleta Avenue is a residential street. Brand doesn't have a stop sign, so motorists trying to turn from Arleta onto Brand have to be quick to avoid collisions. The intersection is also a tough place for pedestrians trying to cross Brand to reach the park.

Residents from the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council and Mission Hills Neighborhood Watch had been clamoring for a light for years, and in April 2007, just after taking office, District 7 City Councilman Richard Alarcon requested a new signal from the city. To get the money, the city was able to include the light in an unrelated federal traffic project in San Diego.

Alarcon has said the light fits his attempt to increase safety around parks and schools, a sensible enough mission. I'm curious about other intersections out there that need traffic signals but haven't gotten them. If you know of one, leave a comment or drop me a note.

-- Steve Hymon