A traffic signal synchronization measure for Westchester that covers 11 square miles and 136 intersections at a cost of approximately $4.9 million, is among the measures proposed in Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 2008 Traffic Congestion Relief Plan.

Launched Tuesday, January 29th, the plan calls for 11 measures that are aimed at increasing mobility, enhancing pedestrian safety and improving the quality of life for commuters in Los Angeles.

“We are facing a tough economy and budgets are tight — and that means that we have to deliver services for the residents of Los Angeles in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible,” Villaraigosa said. “Over the next 12 to 16 weeks, the Department of Transportation and I will mount an aggressive campaign to implement a series of traffic relief measures that use existing resources in a smart, targeted manner.”

In addition to the traffic signal synchronization projects in Westchester and Mid-Wilshire, the 11-measure initiative includes new technologies and additional penalties for blocking intersections; and the fourth installment of the Gridlock Tiger Team, that will use new License Plate Recognition technology to identify violators.

Other measures include “priority express corridors” modeled after the Olympic-West Pico-East initiative; phase II of Operation Bottleneck Relief; faster, easier parking-meter technology; infrastructure improvements and pothole repair; diagonal crosswalks; and additional left-turn signals.

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