News for Your Neighborhood: Infrastructure & Policy Updates
Central LA (East, Northeast, South Central, Mid-City)
ICYMI: the Metro board approved getting construction underway on a long-anticipated South L.A. multi-use path project and set the groundbreaking for February 28. Streetsblog LA breaks down the approval with photo renderings of the work to be done.
Car Lane -1, Bike Lane +1
The road diet or lane reduction is intended to make room for the bike lanes and calm traffic on a half-mile of Riverside between Glendale and Los Feliz boulevards. It’s a stretch that runs by large apartment buildings, Friendship Auditorium, tennis courts and two homeless shelters.
“This will connect existing Riverside Drive bike lanes to Griffith Park, community open spaces, and the LA River,” the project summary said.
South Bay Cities (Carson, Long Beach)
Work continues on Vision Zero, Long Beach’s plan to eliminate fatal traffic accidents by 2026—and forthcoming improvements to the city’s bike infrastructure, officials say, will help achieve that goal.
The projects ranged from a series of curb extensions and pedestrian medians at intersections throughout Downtown Long Beach to a separated bike lane on Del Amo Boulevard between Atlantic Avenue and Orange Avenue.
Westside Cities (WeHo, Culver City, Santa Monica, UCLA)
Purple Line tunneling completed
Some good and welcome news from Section 2 of the Purple (D Line) Extension project: both tunnel boring machines (or TBMs) have now excavated tunnels between Century City and the Wilshire/Rodeo station under downtown Beverly Hills.
Construction is also underway on Section 3 of the project between Century City and the Westwood VA Hospital — including a key station at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards that will provide access to Westwood Village and the UCLA campus.