New sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes

The city of Los Angeles has been awarded $14.85 million in state funding for building sidewalks, bike lanes, and other upgrades for people on foot and on bikes in the Arts District, the Downtown News reports. The AD continues to be a draw for its restaurants, shops, and bars, and allowing people to get there and move through the area in a safer, easier way without having to get in their car can only benefit the whole neighborhood.

According to Los Angeles City Councilmember Huizar’s office, which is kicking in an additional $150,000, the new additions to the streetscape in the AD will include:

  • A new signal at Santa Fe Avenue and Mateo Street.
  • A pedestrian plaza at Merrick and Fourth streets
  • Protected bike lanes along a section of Santa Fe Avenue
  • A “controlled pedestrian crossing” where Fourth Street and Fourth Place split
  • Bike lanes on Santa Fe Avenue and Mateo Street down to Seventh Street (including a link from the Regional Connector’s future Little Tokyo/Arts District station to the Sixth Street bridge)
  • A pedestrian pathway and plaza on Mesquit Street just south of the new Sixth Street Bridge
  • Lighting for pedestrians on Santa Fe, Mateo, Traction, and Fourth Street

These improvements won’t appear overnight. The News says that money for the project won’t be awarded until 2019, with construction expected to begin in 2020 and wrap up in 2022.

Courtesy of Councilmember Jose Huizar