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Figueroa Street Overhaul Back on the (Separated Cycle) Track

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Images via Architect's Newspaper

My Figueroa, the major streetscape project that would overhaul Figueroa Street from LA Live to Expo Park, is back on track after some dicey times--the project had been under the purview of the Community Redevelopment Agency of LA, but the state killed all local redevelopment agencies earlier this year. However, the Architect's Newspaper reports that earlier this month, Mayor Villaraigosa's office and the Department of Transportation "struck a deal to move administrative oversight of the project to the DOT," which will bundle the plan in with its big citywide bike lane plans. The project is being designed by Melendrez Design Partners (initial designs are finished) and includes four and a half miles of street improvements, including pedestrian infrastructure, expanded sidewalks, pedestrian plazas, lighting, and a separated cycle track (between parking and the curb) running each way between Seventh and Forty-First Streets. Funding currently covers Fig, as well as "11th Street from Broadway to Figueroa, Bill Robertson Lane between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard, and, finally, MLK Boulevard between Figueroa and Vermont." If Metro can scrounge up some more money, there's also the potential to add improvements between Fig and the Expo Line (which opens this weekend).
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