FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 092116
New Traffic Signal Activation at Intersection of Pacific Avenue, Wardlow Road
Today the City of Long Beach activated a new traffic signal and Light Emitting Diode (LED) safety lights to improve pedestrian, bicycle and motorist safety at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Wardlow Road.
“This traffic signal and LED safety lights are incredibly important, because this very busy intersection is heavily trafficked by nearby churches, assisted living centers, apartment buildings, and the Wardlow Station of the Metro Blue Line,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga.
The new LED safety lights will offer increased visibility and therefore safety. They were installed as part of a citywide retrofit program expected to annually reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,297 tons and save $1 million in energy and maintenance costs, by replacing high-pressure sodium lights.
The traffic signal is a component of the Bicycle System Gap Closure & Improved Los Angeles River Bike Path Access Project. These help Long Beach expanding its bike network, and play a key role in connecting the Downtown area to neighborhoods such as Bixby Knolls, Los Cerritos, and North Long Beach.
The overall project was made possible with a federal grant approved by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.