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Alhambra City Council approves funds for lighted crosswalk on Valley and 7th

City Council approved Monday reallocating federal economic development funds to build a lighted crosswalk across Valley Boulevard at 7th Street. Council amended the 2014-2015 Action Plan, which addresses housing and community development needs, to reallocate $200,000 to the crosswalk and $500,000 to a street reconstruction project.

The intersection at Valley and 7th has been a site of recent vehicle-pedestrian collisions. In September, drivers in two separate incidents struck pedestrians walking in the marked crosswalk. The Alhambra Police Department conducted on Sept. 23 a pedestrian decoy operation at the intersection and cited 75 drivers for not yielding to pedestrians, the agency posted on Facebook.

Lighted crosswalks typically display flashing lights to oncoming traffic, warning drivers that pedestrians are crossing the street. Drivers yield more often as a result of the crosswalks, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), a group funded by U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration with a mission to increase and spread research about pedestrian safety and provide technical assistance. However, it is unclear whether yielding may significantly improve in the long-term, according to PBIC.

The funds for the crosswalk come from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase affordable housing and job creation programs. Local agencies must use the money to benefit low- to moderate-income residents, prevent or eliminate blight, or address urgent community development needs, according to HUD.

City Council also honored Monday World War II veteran and Alhambra native Larry Stevens. Stevens returned to Alhambra after the war to become a fireman for 31 years, 18 of which he served as fire captain. He is the author of “It Only Takes One: Memoirs of a Tail Gunner,” a book recounting his experience as a tail gunner on a B-17 aircraft.

“Mr. Stevens is to be commended not only for his distinguished public service – but also as an American Hero who honorably served his country during World War II," the city commendation reads.

Weren't able to attend the meeting? You can watch it here. City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be on Nov. 17 at 8 a.m. in the Alhambra Civic Center Library to discuss the Strategic Plan.

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3 thoughts on “Alhambra City Council approves funds for lighted crosswalk on Valley and 7th”

  1. About 2 years ago a young lady was killed in the crosswalk at New Ave. and Shorb. Another is Valley Blvd. and Monterey. How about installing lighted crosswalk at these two very dangerous crosswalks also.

  2. Thank you for this information Kyle.
    I am pleased to see that City Council has taken the appropriate measures to increase public safety and alleviate risks to pedestrians in the area. Moreover, allocating funds to this project was done so with careful examination of the collision incidents and data provided by the decoy operation. Although realizing these benefits, I am reluctant to say that it better serves the needs of Alhambra residents. Taking 40% of funds away from a project that is oriented to increase affordable housing, jobs, and further community needs is highly questionable. I am an advocate of public safety and understand the argument that there is no price to security, but I object the approval of this project under the premise that it is at the expense of potentially much more needed resources to residents. I am in hope that the revenue generated from the decoy operation is at least supplementing the project.
    I encourage any readers to voice their thoughts on this decision.

    1. That deadly intersection, and others, should have been dealt with years ago, and the city should have not hesitated to use general funds to implement it. What can be more important?  Instead, the use of block grant funding to finally fix this adds insult to injury.  The amount of federal grant funding we receive is based on the number of people in need and it is to be used specifically to uplift their lives.  No matter what one thinks of the social state of the city, this is just wrong.  It's like the farmworker who has to pay a good portion of his/her wages at the company store for provisions at inflated prices.  Wake up people.