This new DTLA project will drastically alter traffic patterns

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Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar announced today that the final design for two major downtown construction projects have been completed. “Main & Spring Forward” is planned to ease traffic on Main Street, from Cesar Chavez Avenue to 9th Street, and Spring Street, from 1st Street to 9th Street.

“These Main and Spring Forward improvements are a hallmark of our DTLA Forward initiative and Vision Zero,” Huizar said. “Regardless of your mode of transportation, all travelers along Downtown Los Angeles’ Spring and Main streets will benefit from these improvements as we work toward creating a more efficient, safer, and pleasant experience for all Angelenos who live, work or visit DTLA.”

The project covers improvements to intersections and crossings for pedestrians, and will upgrade the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency. The city released an app this week to help locals visualize the coming changes.

In addition, the two parklets first constructed along the 600 block of Spring Street in 2013 will be removed.

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This image shows the protected bike lanes to be added in Downtown LA.

LADOT crews began work Monday along Spring Street, with LADOT warning that closures and parking restrictions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. could happen throughout the week. Work along in this area will continue throughout May, before moving on to the area 7th and 9th Streets later this year. Work on Main Street will begin in the summer, according to LADOT.

“Main and Spring Streets are iconic and beautiful – they are the heart of downtown L.A.,” LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said. “This design brings these historic streets back to the future, organized and safe no matter how you travel.”

 

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