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Your Picks for the Worst Intersections and Roads in North Hollywood and Toluca Lake

Busy intersections and potentially dangerous turns top a list of your picks for the worst driving spots in North Hollywood and Toluca Lake. Check out the below map for problem areas across L.A. County.

Last week we asked Patch readers in Los Angeles County to name their worst intersections, roads and freeway spots; and with your input, we produced the above map from reader contributions.

Busy intersections and potentially dangerous turns topped a list of your picks for the worst driving spots in North Hollywood.

Several readers noted that the three-way intersection of Lankershim Boulevard, Vineland Avenue and Camarillo Street is problematic.

One anonymous reader wrote:

"Those drivers that have never had to go thru there do not understand that the intersection has 2 left turns for each N/S/E/W driver. The confusion puts them, the pedestrians (that have a LONG walk to take to cross) and other drivers in danger when they make incorrect turns or sit in the middle of the intersection tying up traffic. A dedicated left turn signal for all four and have the green lights for forward and left turns synced to go around like a clock together. Not sure if that makes sense on paper but it does when I say it and use my hands."

Another anonymous commenter singled out the Strathern Street and Bellaire Avenue intersection:

Cars heading west on Strathern seem to be looking at the traffic light at Coldwater (the second street ahead) rather than the Bellaire stop sign which comes before they get to Coldwater. If they are in the left lane of Strathern they may not even notice the stop sign which is one and a half lanes to the right and partially obscured by small tree branches. As a result, MANY cars just speed across the intersection on their way to Coldwater. There have been too many near misses of vehicles and pedestrians....and some have NOT missed.

And the Riverside Drive and Cahuenga Boulevard intersection was also criticized by another reader who did not want to be named.

There is crash after crash, after crash at this intersection. They just put in left turn arrows but half of the time they are not coming on. Someone needs to do something about this. People in our neighborhood have written, called, emailed, faxed our Photo Op Councilman, Tom Labonge, who does not so much as have the courtesy to call back or have anyone in his office in Toluca Lake or Los Angeles respond.

Please check out the map above for more reader-generated problem intersections and freeway spots.

How to Add Your Own Contribution to the Map

It's not too late to add your own — simply click the "Add" button in the upper-right corner of the map and enter the location of the problem area and a description of the problem. You can also drag the marker directly onto the map if you are not sure how to describe the intersection.

Where else in North Hollywood or Toluca Lake is a concern for you? Tell us in the comments section below.

irma glutz April 19, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Totally agree with comments #1 and #3. the 5 points at Lankershim. Vineland, Camarillo, vineland and lankeshim where they cross is called suicide alley by some of my friends. it's not clear which way you are allowed to go, and on which left turn light, vineland? lankershim? Heading east from, Camarillo. Heading west on Camarillo toward Tujunga, do you turn hard right for Lankershim ??? or did you really mean to end up on Vineland. one friend will not come to visit me because that intersections scares her to death. she comes from santa clarita???
irma glutz April 19, 2013 at 09:35 PM
We have been waiting 9 long years for the DOT to put in left hand turn signals at riverside and Cahuenga, where I have documented some of the worst imaginable high speed car crashes, including one upside down LAPD vehicle. at least 2 - 3 per week for the last many years. It makes no sense to let drivers going east off the 134 have to push immediately 3 lanes over to turn east on Riverside Drive or the 7-11. My son was hit going into the 7-11 by some freeway maniac who couldn't wait his turn to get back on the 134 east toward glendale... and to boot, they are directing traffic to Universal off the westbound 134, so needless to say, many of our "beloved" tourists, get lost and make U turns at Hortense and Cahuenga, causing more horrific crashes to out of towners and impatient motorists. Huge problem here also with "speed racers" heading north on Cahuenga from Universal studios area
Sandy April 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Cahuenga Blvd & Whitnall Hwy - Since they repainted Cahuenga and added a center median turn lane, people consistently drive in the turn lane coming south from Victory and do not move over. We have narrowly missed being the victim of several head-on collisions while waiting to make a left turn onto Whitnall Hwy from Cahuenga. Cahuenga needs to be repainted and the center median needs to be marked better, either cones or flashing lights put in to notify drivers that the center lane ends and becomes a center median.
Matthew April 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM
The wrost intersect has to Lankershim and manglio and if the bike coltion gets there way with take a lane out then the intesect will be come worse.
Jean Jeunet April 20, 2013 at 05:28 AM
Burbank Blvd and Vineland Ave. It makes no sense that there isn't a left turn signal at this intersection. Tons of people make a left turn to go to the Red Line parking lot and traffic gets bogged down. Time to give this intersection some attention.
Nino April 20, 2013 at 02:08 PM
All of the above get my vote. One is as bad as the other for different reasons. Valley has a lot more people & cars than when these lanes, lights, no lights, left turns, no left turns, than when the traffic was all about horse and buggy. Hi Ho Silver.
Charles Ewing April 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Burbak at the 405 - Horriblr - No comment - take surface street over the pass.. Never ue the FWY's during commute...
Richard Miller April 21, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I've lived in the area for 37 years, and I still vote for Vineland/Lankershim/Camarillo as being the very worst. The others mentioned above are not far behind, Lankershim and Magnolia is also bad, I avoid the two intersections mentioned above whenever I can. In Burbank, Victory/Burbank Blvd/Victory Place wins, hands down.

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