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‘No Parking’ Signs Pop Up Under 2 Freeway Bridge

The signs were recently installed after a pickup truck parked on Round Top Drive caught fire in September.

The curb isn’t painted red—not yet, anyway—and there's no word of enforcement. But the four “No Parking Any Time” signs are clearly visible to anyone driving up or down Round Top Drive as it ducks under the 2 freeway.

Perched about eight feet above the sidewalk, on both sides of the underpass near N. Avenue 42, the signs were recently installed by City authorities after a pick-up truck parked under the bridge burst into flames in the early hours of September 21.

Eagle Rock resident Herb West, who lives on Avenue 40, a stone’s throw from Round Top Drive, first brought the incident to the attention of the office of .

West recently alerted Eagle Rock Patch to the newly installed signs, which are aimed at preventing this particular stretch of Round Top Drive from continuing to be what he calls “a breeding ground for people who do bad things under the bridge.”

West was glad to see the signs for the first time this past Monday morning. But his satisfaction was somewhat short-lived. “Alas, in just 10 minutes this [Monday] morning, I saw two cars parked there between 9:10 a.m. and 9:25 a.m.,” he said in an e-mail to Eagle Rock Patch. The culprits either read the signs and ignore them, West theorizes, or just don't read them.

Maybe painting the curb red will reinforce the signs' message.

Chris Forrey November 03, 2011 at 03:50 AM
I think part of the problem is that the people who sit in or stand around their vehicles aren't worried about the threat of being towed, because they can merely get in their vehicles and drive away. No one seems to park under the bridge and leave their vehicles, but it seems more of a place to hang out, make out, smoke out, or whatever other "nefarious activities" go on there. I travel under that bridge almost daily, so I am very familiar with what happens there, and living so close, I don't appreciate the filth that goes on there either.
Jonathon November 03, 2011 at 03:22 PM
I grew up on Roundtop Drive and can say this was an issue many years ago. Roundtop Park was just up the hill a little more than a block and was closed down just a few years after it opened for the same reason.
Mark Charles November 03, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Here here. Id like to see the same for every underpass in the neighborhood. Next should be the 2 Fwy underpass at Verdugo Rd. We have No Stopping signs on North Figueroa under the 134. Semi trucks would ignore them and would camp out over night. However, I began to phone in the offenders to LA Parking Enforcement and we no longer have a problem. We do have a problem with people parking and camping in their vehicles in around the Eagle Rock Recreation Center. I don't want us to have to put up signs, because the street (Eagle Vista Dr) looks so great with out them.
STARCHY November 03, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Joey Wheezer and his staff asleep again.... There are all manner of bums and delinquents parked on our streets, smoking their meds and tossing In-n-out wrappers out of their windows (along with condoms and other assorted nastiness). calls of complaints get shrugs. officers on patrol don't care. and the owners of the ALMA LODGE cash check after check while they continue to be the main central hub..

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