Councilmember Huizar worked with LADOT to secure Safe Routes to Schools funding near two elementary schools in Boyle Heights
Councilmember José Huizar joins the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) in announcing that Boyle Heights was awarded $5 million in Safe Routes to Schools funding to add safety street improvements around Breed and Sheridan Streets Elementary Schools.
The funding was secured by LADOT, in partnership with Councilmember Huizar, through the state’s Active Transportation Program. A community Open House meeting took place on Wednesday at the Boyle Heights City Hall with more to follow.
The project area is Soto to St. Louis streets and, at its longest point, Wabash to 8th streets along Soto. “The Safe Routes to School: Neighborhood Safety Improvement Project” will create a network of “Neighborhood-friendly streets” to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in the neighborhood of Sheridan and Breed Streets Elementary Schools. Improvements include curb extensions, continental crosswalks, speed humps, bike lanes and a road diet.
“Protecting our children is every parent’s biggest priority and these upgrades will help bring profound safety improvements to students and families in our community,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I’m proud to partner with LADOT on this much-needed project.”
"Keeping students safe on their way to school calls on us to constantly improve our streets. We are proud to partner with Councilmember Huizar and the students, teachers, and neighbors in Boyle Heights on these investments" said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT General Manager.
Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
As part of the Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan, LADOT, with assistance from LAUSD, developed a methodology for prioritizing nearly 500 schools within the City of Los Angeles with a focus on the Top 50. Breed and Sheridan Streets elementary schools scored among the Top 40 for those with the most need.
These Council District 14 improvements join a growing list of upgrades, including several others recently announced in Boyle Heights, such as:
After hearing from local groups Proyecto Pastoral and the Pico Gardens Resident Advisory Council in Boyle Heights, Councilmember Huizar recently announced he worked with City departments to find funding for two projects: $5 million was secured in ATP Cycle 2 funding to improve the sidewalks and add pedestrian lighting between Pico Gardens’ housing and the new 6th Street Bridge East Park. Additionally, a new signal will be installed at 4th Street and Clarence Street.
Huizar has also allocated $1 million to fund sidewalk repairs along Whittier Boulevard.
The $5 million in ATP Cycle 2 funds comes on the heels of the $2.55 million secured for Boyle Heights in ATP Cycle 1 last year. That funding will be used to build new sidewalks and bicycle space along Mission Road between the 6th Street Bridge and 7th Street. This will be built in conjunction with a new roundabout that will facilitate better traffic flow for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. The Boyle Heights ATP Cycle 1 is in design and construction is anticipated to start in early 2017.
And in Boyle Heights, a community organization (Proyecto Pastoral) conducted its own traffic study to work with Councilmember Huizar and City departments to effect change. In January, a new traffic light was added to 4th Street and Pecan Street after the youth from the Boyle Heights Technical Center conducted a study and shared the results with Huizar, LADOT and BOE who prioritized the intersection for improvements.
Complete Street improvements have been a staple of Councilmember Huizar’s vision for Council District 14. Previous and current complete street projects include the York Boulevard Vision Plan, Huntington Drive Vision Plan, Eastside Access Project on First Street in Boyle Heights, and the Bringing Back Broadway initiative in Downtown Los Angeles.