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Infrastructure & Policy Updates 6/2/22

General LA

LA Council President aims to make streets safer for Angelenos

What You Need To Know

  • Los Angeles' Mobility Plan was approved in 2015 to make the city more pedestrian-friendly by 2035, but it has barely been implemented

  • LACC President Nury Martinez and four other council members introduced a motion that instructs the city attorney to prepare an ordinance, based on one proposed by the Healthy Streets LA ballot measure initiative, to have the city conduct Mobility Plan improvements while performing unrelated street resurfacing and slurry seal projects

  • Council members cited a 20% increase in traffic deaths in Los Angeles over the past year, despite the city’s goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025 through the Vision Zero initiative

  • The motion was not immediately scheduled for a vote.

L.A. Cancels Long-Planned $6 Billion Lower 710 Freeway Widening

The action, approving the ‘No Build’ alternative for a planned freeway widening through predominantly Black and brown communities, is unprecedented for Southern California. Today’s approval could be an important precedent for many other freeway widening projects that Metro, and its state transportation agency project partner Caltrans, continue to push.

Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)

New East L.A. Rainwater Infiltration Medians

The new median landscape is a project of the L.A. County County Department of Public Works, overseen by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Gateway Cities (Downey, Montebello, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate)

New Bike Lane

A 1/4 mile portion of Durfee Ave in Pico Rivera is receiving a Class 2 unprotected, unbuffered bike lane as part of the Durfee Underpass project. Click the button below to read the full thread of all the features of the bike lane along with more photos.

San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena, SouthPas, Pomona)

Safety Enhancements at Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue

A larger sidewalk area at the four corners of the intersection and a ‘scramble crosswalk,’ allowing pedestrians to cross the intersection diagonally can now be seen at the site, which usually experience a high volume of both pedestrian and motorist traffic.

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