Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, along with John Fisher, assistant general manager of the city’s Department of Transportation, and Joyce Dara, assistant principal of Walgrove Avenue Elementary School, joined members of the Walgrove Avenue Action Group (WAAG) Thursday, March 23rd, to dedicate a new traffic signal at Walgrove Avenue and Morningside Way in Mar Vista.

The ceremony celebrated the joint efforts of WAAG and the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve traffic conditions along Walgrove Avenue.

After a rash of traffic accidents along Walgrove Avenue, concerned residents formed the action group to address the need for traffic safety in their neighborhood.

Spearheaded by Nancy Swaim, the group worked closely with city officials to control vehicle speed and reduce traffic accidents by installing edge lines, replacing small, antiquated speed limit signs, and conducting an updated traffic count.

The group also received support from Playa Vista, which commissioned a traffic study of Walgrove Avenue and created a “punch list” for possible improvements.

“This is a great example of our community working together to further positive change in our neighborhoods,” Rosendahl said. “I would like to personally thank the members of the Walgrove Avenue Action Group for their leadership on this project.”

“WAAG is pleased to be part of the dynamic team that is making Walgrove a safer and saner residential street,” Swaim said.

“We have and will continue to work for positive change and we acknowledge the support and cooperation of the mayor’s office, Bill Rosendahl’s office, DOT and the Playa Vista team,” she said.

The traffic signal will provide residents, especially school children from Walgrove Avenue Elementary School, with pedestrian crossing control.

“The students, teachers, and staff at Walgrove Elementary School appreciate the community’s diligent work to secure the new traffic signal on Walgrove Avenue,” Dara said. “The new signal will help to ensure the safety of our children and the community.”