Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council members Bill Rosendahl and Wendy Greuel and new the city Department of Transportation (LADOT) general manager Rita Robinson announced the start of the “30/30 left-turn arrow initiative” at one of 30 planned intersections, Airport Boulevard and Manchester Avenue in Westchester, Thursday, October 11th.

As part of the effort to reduce traffic congestion throughout Los Angeles, LADOT plans to install and activate 30 left-turn arrows in 30 business days at some of the city’s most congested intersections.

Of the 30 city intersections that are planned to receive left-turn signals, seven are within Rosendahl’s 11th Council District. The left-turn signals are part of the Westside anti-traffic plan that Rosendahl unveiled in December.

The left-turn arrow projects for the 11th Council District were already planned but the installation will be accelerated under the 30/30 initiative, a Rosendahl spokesperson said. LADOT plans to complete the installation of the 30 signals by December 3rd.

“This 30/30 initiative will fundamentally transform the way traffic flows through the city’s major corridors and intersections,” Villaraigosa said. “This bold and innovative program attacks the problem of traffic head-on and represents the opening bell in our race to reduce congestion.”

Designed to improve the flow of traffic and improve safety on city streets, the 30/30 plan will cut excessive wait times at left-turn pockets, decrease traffic collisions by up to 66 percent and reduce commute times for Los Angeles drivers, city officials said.

The new signals will be placed at intersections on the Westside, near Los Angeles International Airport and throughout the San Fernando Valley,

Since Villaraigosa took office in July 2005, LADOT has installed 189 — or 41 percent — of the city’s 460 left-turn arrows.

“This left-turn arrow program is just the beginning of our reinvigorated effort to reduce traffic congestion in Los Angeles,” the mayor said. “Working with our new general manager, we will stop at nothing to create easier daily commutes.”

The 30/30 initiative is the first in a new series of programs designed to tackle the challenge of traffic congestion in Los Angeles.