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LADOT Opens Westwood Crosswalks to Pedestrians

2:39 PM PST on February 11, 2009

2_11_09_westwood.jpgThe People of Westwood Celebrate the Liberation of Their Crosswalk at the Corner of Glendon and Weyburn.  Photo: BikinginLA

On Monday, I re-posted a story that first appeared on the excellent blog bikinginla about a Westwood crosswalk that was posted as closed to pedestrians.  On Tuesday, I decided to do the responsible thing and actually let LADOT know about the offending signage.  To its credit, the DOT replied via email within minutes and within hours had removed the offending signage.  They were even able to tell me which crosswalk was the offending one based on the picture after I told them I wasn't sure.

So why were the signs there in the first place?  The LADOT wasn't 100% certain, but had a plausible explanation:

My guess is that a private contractor was installing a decorative crosswalk, placed then failed to remove their signs.

The signs are now removed and the conflicting message is gone.

Thank you for bringing this problem to LADOT's attention.

If you see anything else weird or out of place on the street, always feel free to let me know at damien@streetsblog.org.  Maybe we'll be able to get to the bottom of your problem as well.

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