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Jefferson Boulevard Crash Corner Gets Bike Lanes, Raised Median, Pedestrian Signal, Crosswalks

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The Baldwin Hills Conservancy has awarded Culver City $570,000 to make improvements to the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hetzler Road, the site where a motorist plowed through a group of Midnight Ridazz in the wee hours of June 16, according to LA Streets Blog.

The improvements include the installation of a raised median near the intersection to differentiate the area surrounding the Scenic Overlook and the rest of the park from the industrial area around it, bike lanes from Duquense Avenue to the west to the City border to the east, a sidewalk on both sides of Jefferson and installation of a pedestrian signal at Hetzler. Referring to the improvements and the crash, Charles Herbertson, the Director of Public Works for Culver City said, “I’m not sure any of the things we’re proposing would have stopped that, but it couldn’t have hurt.” Herbertson also stressed that the proposal was before the Conservancy since before the crash and that the city has been trying to find funds to improve the intersection for a long time.

Plans are underway to extend the Jefferson Boulevard Bike Lanes another mile to Overland Avenue, provided Culver City receives its proposed grant from the Metro Call for Projects. Culver City Councilmen and the Culver City Bike Coalition were among many who had previously voiced concerns about danger in the area and pushed for funding of safety improvements,