Thanks to a lengthy application process spearheaded by Councilmember’s Huizar office with the support of the Arts District Business Improvement District, BOE and Metro, the Arts District has been recently awarded $15 million in Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding to build sidewalks, enhance intersections and install bike lanes and street lighting.
Councilmember Huizar added $150,000 in CD14 funds as a local match, which improves projects’ ability to secure ATP funding. The ATP funds are state allocated ($263.5 million statewide for 2017), with approximately $33.6 million going toward projects in Los Angeles County. The DTLA Arts District Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Program was ranked first in the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) six-county region’s award list.
The adoption of this program will bring two signalized intersections, pedestrian lighting, four pedestrian crosswalks, and one mile of bike lanes, connecting the Little Tokyo/Arts District Regional Connector Station with the new Sixth Street Bridge, which will ultimately improve pedestrian and bicycle access in and around the Arts District, Downtown and Boyle Heights, as well as the future LA River bike path.
Scope highlights include:
· New signal at Santa Fe Ave. and Mateo St. intersection.
· Pedestrian Plaza at Merrick St. and 4th St.
· Controlled pedestrian crossing at 4th St./4th Place split.
· Bike lanes on Santa Fe Ave. and Mateo St. down to 7th St.
· Bike lanes on Traction Ave.
· Pedestrian walkway and plaza space on 6th St Bridge frontage road (between Mateo and Santa Fe on south side of bridge).
· New crosswalk on Santa Fe by the 6th St. Bridge to create safe passage to future Arts Plaza.
· Pedestrian lighting on Santa Fe, Mateo, 4th St. and Traction.
· Part of $100 million in additional funds Councilmember Huizar has helped to secure for the 6th Street Bridge, the park space and areas around the bridge.