Councilmember Huizar partners with LADOT on complete streets project on two major DTLA thoroughfares that will better organize the streets while improving safety and comfort for all – work now underway on Spring St. after public input on final design.
Councilmember José Huizar announced today, January 23, 2018, that the final design for Main & Spring Forward, a complete streets collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) through Huizar’s DTLA Forward initiative and the City’s Vision Zero, has been completed and work is now underway, beginning on Spring Street.
The project’s scope covers Main Street, from Cesar Chavez Avenue to 9th Street, and Spring Street, from 1st Street to 9th Street, in order to improve intersections and crossings for people walking, and upgrade the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency. LADOT estimates work on Main Street will begin in the summer.
Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA Forward aims to make traffic flow better, increase multi-modal and pedestrian use and safety, public spaces, as well as better connect adjacent neighborhoods in one of the fastest growing downtowns in the United States.
“These Main and Spring Forward improvements are a hallmark of our DTLA Forward initiative and Vision Zero,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “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.”
Public input for Main & Spring Forward was taken through several events since the effort was launched in March 2017 and continued with direct outreach to adjacent businesses and property owners along Spring and Main streets in order to hear their feedback.
“Main and Spring Streets are iconic and beautiful - they are the heart of downtown L.A.,” said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT’s General Manager. “This design brings these historic streets back to the future, organized and safe no matter how you travel. Councilmember Huizar’s leadership on Vision Zero will save lives, benefit businesses, and build a downtown Los Angeles ready for its next evolution.”
When completed, the project will better organize the street while improving the safety and comfort of the street for all. As part of the upgrade, the two parklets that were first constructed along the 600 block of Spring Street in 2013 will be removed.
The parklets were part of a pilot program and placed along Spring Street as two of the first four in the City - all in Council District 14. Intended as temporary public spaces, the parklets more than served their purpose to inspire and inform future investment in the public realm on these two streets – leading to Main & Spring Forward. Much thanks for the groundbreaking work on the parklets go to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) and its Complete Streets Working Group, the Historic Core BID, LADOT, and UCLA for partnering with Councilmember Huizar to bring them to Spring Street.
LADOT crews began work Monday along Spring Street from 1st to 7th Streets. In order to minimize impact, the work has been broken down into phases. During this time, please expect closures and parking restrictions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. where crews are working. Work is expected to continue on Spring Street through May. Implementation of the project on Spring Street, between 7th and 9th streets will occur later in 2018 in coordination with ongoing private development construction work.
The week of January 22nd, crews are focused on Spring Street from 1st to 4th Streets and 6th to 7th Streets.
The week of January 29th, crews will be focused on Spring Street at 4th Street.
The week of February 5th, crews will be focused on Spring Street from 4th to 6th Streets.
If you have any questions about construction, please contact LADOT Construction Management at (213) 431-2223.
To see the Main & Spring Forward App, use your smartphone and go to mainandspringfwd.com.
For more information on this project, please visit josehuizar.com/dtlafwd.
For more information on Vision Zero, please visit visionzero.lacity.org.