Infrastructure & Policy Updates 7/28/22
LA Considers Speed Bumps, Fencing On Sixth Street Viaduct
Los Angeles officials are discussing how to deter illegal activity on the Sixth Street Viaduct, which opened earlier this month but has been repeatedly closed due to police activity, crashes, street takeovers and racing. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said the city may install speed bumps to prevent speeding and spin-outs, but the city is also considering surveillance cameras and fencing to prevent people on foot from climbing the archways.
LA - Coachella Passenger Rail Line Clears Hurdle
The Riverside County Transportation Commission adopted a service plan to link the Coachella Valley to Los Angeles’ Union Station with a passenger rail line that would run two round trips per day.
Metro Launches Immersive Art Exhibit On Three Buses
Metro launched its first ever “art bus” which will rotate routes daily and bring an immersive art experience to riders. Three buses are participating in the exhibition, which profiles Metro riders.
Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)
Curb-Protected Bike Lanes Under Construction in Skid Row
About a mile of curb-protected bike lanes are being installed on Seventh Street from San Pedro Street to Figueroa Street in Skid Row. The lanes are part of a larger Seventh Street Streetscape project that will also expand sidewalks and add lighting, bus islands and trees.
Apartment Building Proposed Near Metro Vermont/Beverly Station
Developers have proposed a six-story, 35-unit apartment building a block west of Metro’s Vermont/Beverly station. The project would replace a single-family home and duplex, and developers are seeking Transit Oriented Communities incentives to build a larger building than allowed by zoning regulations. If approved, the project would join a 67-unit mixed-use building and a 490-unit complex also being built in the Vermont/Beverly station.
South Bay (Carson, Long Beach)
Long Beach To Consider Speeding Up Road Repair By Issuing Bonds
The Long Beach City Council will consider issuing bonds of about $150 million to expedite road repairs over the next five years and to have revenue from the Measure A sales tax repay the debt in the future. A city memo said that the average permanent condition index score of Long Beach roads is 58 out of 100, with 53% of city streets rated below a 60 and 26% rated at 40 or below. The city’s score has declined by four points since 2017, and officials say that investing now will save money by addressing issues before further damage is done. Details about the plan are expecte on Aug. 2.