Today my favorite shortcut disappeared. I got off the 2 South at Glendale Blvd where I usually proceed through the intersection onto Waterloo then to Duane where I turn left at the dog park onto Silverlake Blvd.
I know, the locals complained about the traffic so I should have seen this coming. The shortcut hasn’t even been there that long, it wasn’t really a viable option until the light at the corner of Duane and Silverlake Blvd. made it possible to do a left onto Silverlake. I’m sure that Eric Garcetti had something to do with this.
But man, they’re serious about you NOT going that way. There was a truck there with orange cones in the street … I don’t know if they were also putting up a barrier on Fargo too. Maybe someone post here if they’ve driven by.
UPDATE: This is from Carla in the comments and I thought it was a good thing to bring out here for everyone to see:
The barrier at Waterloo and Glendale Blvd. was installed by the city following a traffic review requested by the neighborhood’s residents. The review showed that 2765 cars per day were traveling along Waterloo and Duane streets, a whopping 92% of which were coming directly off the 2 Fwy. Tjhese streets were never intended as a freeway extension. Yet they were being used as such.
The closure at Waterloo is just one step the DOT agreed to implement. The others–an extension of the painted median to block use of Fargo (thus making it a moving violation to cross the stripes) and the installation of a new light at the end ot the freeway ramp showing as the only options a right- and left-hand turn–should have happened concurrently. They did not, and we who wanted the Waterloo closure do not know why. We want those other measures to happen immediately to prevent the freeway traffic from hitting other residential-only streets in Silverlake, such as Fargo, Apex and Baxter. And we are talking to Councilman Garcetti’s office to get the DOT to follow through on the plan they originally agreed to. This is not a zero-sum game. We do not want to pit neighbor against neighbor.
Traffic in LA is without a doubt the most vexing municipal problem. It seems to defy solution. But clearly, funneling exiting freeway traffic onto major arterial streets, like Glendale and Silverlake boulevards, and off narrow and steep residential streets is a safe and sane solution worthy of our support.