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Deadly NoHo Crosswalk Is Getting Its Light Ahead of Schedule

Crews begin work on Archwood and Laurel Canyon (Photo courtesy CD2)
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A North Hollywood intersection is getting its streetlight ahead of schedule thanks to the efforts of City Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Tamar Galatzan, who helped fast-track the construction after a fatal accident in the crosswalk that killed 12-year-old Emely Aleman in November.

Construction began this morning at the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Archwood Street. The project had been slated for 2012, however Krekorian and Galatzan pushed to have the stoplight in place before the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The intersection currently has an un-lit, stop-sign free crosswalk that is used by students from the nearby Roy Romer Middle School, and is by the Bellingham Primary Center, currently under construction.

Said Krekorian in a news release: “Today, I am pleased to announce that crews have broken ground and will have the project completed well ahead of schedule. This is a bittersweet moment as we remember a life taken from us knowing that this street light will be a testament to the enduring memory of Emely and will help slow down traffic and keep our community safer.”