As reported in the Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch on May 1st, in a story about LA Councilman Tom LaBonge’s community meeting regarding traffic issues in the Silver Lake community, an update on Tesla, at the north end of the Reservoir complex:
Steven Cone of the LADWP helped LaBonge update with the latest about the sidewalk along the Silver Lake Reservoir and Tesla Avenue, between West Silver Lake Drive and Armstrong Avenue.
A six-foot-wide sidewalk will be built on the south side of the street, using some of the existing DWP property in the dam and near the pre-school.
Construction will begin on June 3 and continue through mid-October, Tesla will be closed during that time. Some noted Monday that the closure will add an extra three-tenths of a mile to the route around the lake.
Runners will have to detour up West Silver Lake Drive to Armstrong Avenue, making one lap now equal 2.5 miles.
SLRC has been working with the Council Districts and the DWP for many years to complete the essential Tesla portion of the Silver Lake Path. After many delays, we’re happy that construction is finally about to begin. This is a critically needed project, as was tragically demonstrated recently when a jogger was hit by a motorist at the corner of Tesla and West Silver Lake Drive.
We continue to advocate for essential safety features to be included in the project. These include design of a safe, attractive treatment at the corners at West Silver Lake Drive and at Armstrong Ave., and incorporation of appropriate lighting into the path. We will work to ensure that the Tesla project is a successful addition to our Silver Lake Path.
As Silver Lake has become a much more pedestrian and bike friendly neighborhood, much must still be improved in our traffic patterns and street system to make all the ways our neighbors travel safe, healthy and pleasant. Together, we’ve already created bike lanes, the Path, a signalized crosswalk to the Silver Lake Meadow, and much more. We will continue working with all our city agencies, Council members, and other citizen groups to make Silver Lake the healthiest, most enjoyable neighborhood in Los Angeles.