The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has been actively looking for ways to get residents to leave their cars at home in favor of walking, biking or using public transportation. One of the steps LADOT has taken to achieve this goal is to find ways to make bike- and pedestrian-friendly street improvements in areas throughout the city. Among the proposed improvements that appears to have gained some traction is the MyFigueroa plan that will make the popular street friendlier for both bicyclists and pedestrians.
Taking a Closer Look at Figueroa Street
Named for General Jose Figueroa, who was the governor of Alta California from 1833 to 1835 and was best known for overseeing the secularization of the missions of California, Figueroa Street is one of the longest streets in the city. Running for more than 30 miles in a north/south direction, the street connects the neighborhoods of Wilmington and Eagle Rock.
Prior to being renamed for General Figueroa, Figueroa Street was originally called Calle de los Chapules, or Grasshopper Street. It was later named Pearl Street in the late 1880s, while the section that runs through Highland Park above Avenue 39 was previously known as Pasadena Avenue. The portion that runs between Avenue 39 and the Los Angeles River was originally known as Dayton Avenue.
The MyFigueroa Project
The MyFigueroa project calls for transforming a four-mile stretch of Figueroa between Seventh Street in Downtown’s Financial District and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Exposition Park. The plan further calls for making two offshoots along the way. Some of the features of the makeover will include the addition of a protected bike lane that will be completely separated from cars by physical barriers such as a bus platform or raised curbs. The plan will also include the addition of bike signals, bus platforms, wider sidewalks, general street improvements and a dedicated lane for express busses. After the improvements are put in place, cars will still have two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound to utilize.
At the northern point of the improved section, Figueroa will join up with the people-friendly street improvements being put in place on Seventh Street with the help of the Wilshire Grand Developers. Wilshire Grand is scheduled to open in March 2017.
Unfortunately, the MyFigueroa project has had a number of false starts so far, but LADOT is reporting that the project will definitely get started this summer. Furthermore, while the project’s funding deadline may be extended, LADOT is confident this will not affect the overall timeline for the project. The project is currently scheduled to be completed by early 2017.
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