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Left-turn signals approved for Shoup Avenue & Sherman Way

Posted on 01/11/17

West Hills Neighborhood Council

The Streets & Transportation Committee announced that city traffic engineers have approved installation of “protected left-turn” arrow signals at the intersection of Shoup Avenue and Sherman Way.Funding is being sought for the signal improvement, which was requested by the West Hills Neighborhood Council following the death of a bicyclist at the intersection’s southwest corner on July 17, 2014.

A letter of approval signed by Ken Firoozmand, transportation engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and Brian Gallagher, senior transportation engineer for LADOT’s Valley District Operations Division, concludes: “The installation of protected permissive left turn phases for the northbound and eastbound directions… will promote the safe and efficient movement of all roadway users and is, therefore, justified.”
The letter also notes that LADOT’s investigation into the merits of turn signals at Shoup Avenue and Sherman Way was triggered by requests made by Steve Randall, representing the WHNC and its Streets & Transportation Committee, and City Councilmember Mitchell Englander.
Similar letters of approval have been issued for two other projects in West Hills:

  • A left-turn signal at Platt Avenue and Vanowen Street, following a request submitted by WHNC Streets & Transportation Co-Chair Barry Seybert;

  • A traffic signal on Valley Circle Boulevard at Highlander Road, following a request submitted by Seybert and Highlander Road resident Wayne Sippel.
Both of these approvals also await funding from the city.

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