Beverly Hills Mulls New Rules for Deadly Street

The city council is set to consider new rules for street where two police officers died in collisions with work trucks

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    A Beverly Hills road is temporarily off-limits to large trucks. A transportation consulting firm has been hired to improve safety on the stretch of pavement where three crashes happened in the same area within two months that left two officers dead and one seriously injured. Kim Baldonado reports from Beverly Hills for NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Published Friday, Jun 13, 2014)

    Thirty days after the city of Beverly Hills put in place a moratorium on trucks along a steep street following several fatal accidents, the city is set to explore permanent options.

    Signs at either end of Loma Vista Drive alert drivers that large haul trucks are no longer allowed on the steep, winding street. Beverly Hills police stand watch, enforcing the temporary ban.

    This after three accidents within two months, which resulted in the deaths of two LAPD officers. All three accidents involved large construction trucks whose drivers lost control coming down the street in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood.

    Construction crews must now load supplies onto pick up trucks at the base of Loma Vista, then drive them up in small batches, which means extra steps and extra time.

    “It takes longer but safety comes first,” said George Serrano, a construction worker who is currently working on Loma Vista.

    The city of Beverly Hills hired a transportation consulting firm to conduct a study and come up with recommendations to improve safety.

    On Tuesday the city council will consider those recommendations, including permanently re-routing large trucks or requiring them to use exhaust brakes while traveling on Loma Vista Drive, which cool down the braking system, giving it more capacity to stop

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