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Westbound Culver Blvd and Westbound Jefferson Blvd to be Restored

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Westbound Culver Blvd from Pershing Drive (Nicholson St) to Jefferson Blvd will be restored to two lanes. Westbound Jefferson Blvd will be restored to two lanes from Culver Blvd to Lincoln Blvd. It was stated work would start in a couple weeks. Bike paths will remain.

Eastbound Culver was first of the streets to be restored. Since Culver, Vista del Mar has been restored to four lanes.

The only lane reconfigurations left would be eastbound Jefferson and Pershing Drive. Residents at the Westchester/Playa Community Council mentioned that they were not interested in Pershing Drive. The downtown area has yet to be re-reconfigured.

Councilman Mike Bonin’s official notice was on Facebook 3 October.

The Playa del Rey Safer Streets Task Force has made an important early recommendation — asking me to restore additional lanes to a big stretch of Culver Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard while the Task Force continues to deliberate on a set of permanent and comprehensive safety recommendations for Playa del Rey streets.

I am going to honor the task force’s recommendation, and will be asking LADOT to restore the second westbound traffic lane on Culver and Jefferson, while preserving an area of the road to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe from traffic. The interim consensus recommendation also retains the present configuration in downtown PDR, between Vista Del Mar and Nicholson.

The recommendation was approved after the task force listened to the concerns of small businesses in Playa del Rey. The task force wanted to take steps to provide relief to those businesses while it worked on a comprehensive set of permanent recommendations. I anticipate that LADOT will begin the restriping work in the next few weeks.

When I appointed the task force, I expressed hope that people of different perspectives, focused on the public safety imperative, could work together and make consensus recommendations. While the Playa del Rey Safer Streets Task Force has much work ahead, the cooperative spirit required to make this first recommendation is significant, and I applaud the volunteers for their hard work and their willingness to make tough decisions. For some members of the task force, this was a tough step to take, but they did so in order to pave the way for continued collaboration.

My office and LADOT will provide an update soon on the lane restriping, and I look forward to the continued work of the task force, and I am eager for their next set of recommendations for improving safety on Playa del Streets.

Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council to Hold Special Meet Tuesday to Ask Bonin to Reverse Playa “Road Diet”

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Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council will meet specifically Tuesday (15 August), 6:30 pm at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 Manchester Ave 90045, to discuss a letter written to Councilman Mike Bonin requesting him to reverse all roads on the “road diet.”

Work to revert Vista del Mar back to four lanes from present two will commence 21 August. Eastbound lane of Culver Blvd was changed back to four lanes in July.  A lawsuit was filed by KeepLAMoving last week to put all lanes back to where they were before the “Safe Streets” touted by Councilman Bonin started.

“Safe Streets” or Mobility 2035 is the brain child of Mayor Eric Garcetti.  This year he hired Seleta Reynolds of San Francisco to be program manager of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to implement the new street culture. Reynolds, 38,  spent the last three years leading teams in the “Livable Streets” division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  She sees LA as “just a much bigger canvas and has so many wider streets.” 

The recent “road diets” on the west side of Los Angeles have left commuters waiting in lines of traffic to get home.  Needless to say, the commuters are mad and want their roads back.  It has been so unpopular that Recallbonin.com was started by Alexis Edelstein.

The six-page letter concludes with this summary statement:

There was no sudden need to close down lanes on Pershing and Culver. Indeed, as noted above, the City of Los Angeles identified that these streets are not the priority for attention. The irony is that some of the support for the Road Diet has been from those who want a vital thriving downtown Playa del Rey yet the changes made are having the immediate and opposite effect. The reversal of Vista del Mar lane closures addresses the concerns of the South Bay while leaving your own constituents adversely impacted. However, the cut-through traffic on residential streets because of lane reductions remains a significant and dangerous problem. There is an overwhelming groundswell of opposition to the PDR pilot project as expressed to the NCWP. There is simply no question that the majority of the local community does not like it as it stands and wants the lanes restored without delay.

We are confident that you and your staff will respond to our questions and requests and facilitate other City agencies in being timely and responsive. More urgently, we hope that the flexibility you have already shown will be extended to reversing course and improving the planning, evaluation (both pre- and post-intervention), and proactive and transparent communication regarding the PDR Safe Streets initiative. The NCWP and your constituents look forward to collaborating with you in an alternate improved and comprehensive means of addressing safety, efficiency and accessibility other than the current pilot project reduced lanes.

 

Work on Vista del Mar Not Yet Started

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In a press release dated 27 July, it was stated that work would begin within three weeks to restore Vista del Mar to four lanes, two each way.

Culver Blvd Traffic Backed Up but Not Dangerously Under Freeway

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Culver Blvd with only one lane westbound, west of Lincoln, had traffic lined up and moving slowly but not dangerously backed up under the freeway or on Alla Road. It was once again Wednesday night at 7 pm.