SoCal Community Petitions for Freeway Change

One of the oldest freeways of the west is also one of the most dangerous in California.

Two members of a Southern California community started a petition in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes.

Jack Fenn and Clare Marter Kenyon created the petition asking for the northbound and southbound lanes of Arroyo Seco Parkway to be entrance and exit only, according to the petition.

"When someone is right here trying to get on the freeway to go north that person's driver's door or their kid in the back seat is the target of a car that might over run you off," Fenn said.

"We’re only asking that the lanes be redesignated which seems like a fairly straight forward way to do it," Fenn said.

According to Caltrans, crashes in Arroyo Seco exceed the statewide norm.

Caltrans worked with LA, Pasadena and others to put out the Historic Arroyo Seco Parkway Corridor Partnership Plan in 2012, said Ali Zaghari, Caltrans deputy district director of operations.

"We still need to get the community input on the actual expected outcome of these concepts," Zaghari said.

More than 800 people have signed the petition which requests Democratic California Sen. Kevin de León’s "immediate attention," according to the petition.

De León, D-Los Angeles, is working with the petitioners, and said he is awaiting an impact study to see how the situation will proceed.

Zaghari said alternatives will be considered in a near future.

Meanwhile, exits such as Avenue 43 will get a flashing beacon as a short term solution in late summer.

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