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Street Improvements for Hollywood & Melrose Hill

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US Rep. Xavier Becerra & L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti cross the street at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd and Western Ave

As one of the most heavily traveled pedestrian and automobile intersections in the city, Santa Monica and Western is thought to be a dangerous one. That's why today some new features were unveiled thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration secured by Rep. Becerra with the help of Councilman Garcetti, who represents the 13th District, which includes Hollywood and Melrose Hill where the intersection splits the two neighborhoods among others.

Improvements include new signalized left-turn arrows, extended left-turn pocket lanes, and decorative crosswalks designed to call drivers’ attention to pedestrians.

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We're not so sure about those "decorative" crosswalks being able to call the attention of drivers (at least when you compare them to the ones in the NoHo Arts District), but why isn't this intersection slated for a scramble crosswalk if it is so heavily traveled by two feet?

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