As part of Main & Spring Forward, Councilmember Huizar worked with City departments, bike and pedestrian advocates to bring complete streets improvements to ease congestion and improve safety on Spring Street, a major DTLA thoroughfare

Councilmember José Huizar joined with City of L.A.’s Department of Transportation and Bureau of Street Services General Managers, Seleta Reynolds and Adel Hagekhalil, along with bike and pedestrian advocates and DTLA residents Thursday, October 11, to celebrate the multimodal transformation of Spring Street, a major Downtown LA thoroughfare. The Spring Street upgrade, which completely reconfigured the street to create protected bike lanes curbside on the eastside of the street, with parking now in the street next to traffic flow, is Phase I of Councilmember Huizar and LADOT’s $2.3 million Main and Spring Forward project.

Main and Spring Forward is making some of the most densely populated stretches in Downtown LA safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, by focusing efforts on Spring Street, between 1st and 9th street, and Main Street between Cesar Chavez Avenue and 9th Street.  The project will improve intersections and crossings for people walking, upgrade the existing buffered bicycle lanes to protected bicycle lanes, reduce bus-bicycle conflicts, maximize parking/loading, and increase bus efficiency.

“Main and Spring Forward represents the cutting edge of street design in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Huizar. “This complete streets project helps us meet our goal of prioritizing pedestrian, bicycle and public transit use as much as automobiles. Today, we celebrate a more accessible and livable Spring Street and look forward to improving this model as we begin work on Main Street and continue to push DTLA forward.”

The complete streets project is a collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) through Huizar’s DTLA Forward initiative and the City’s Vision Zero.  From 2009-2013 in the project area, traffic crashes killed two people walking and one person driving, and severely injured one person walking, three bicycling and five driving.

DTLA Forward, another Huizar initiative, 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.

Extensive public input for Main and Spring Forward was received through a series of community meetings beginning in March 2017. LADOT began work on Spring Street in January 2018. Main Street is expected to be complete by fall 2019. Funding for the project comes from Measure R Local Return and public benefit development fees.

Click here to learn more about Councilmember Huizar’s DTLA FWD initiative.

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