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Here's the Newest Look For Huge Figueroa Street Overhaul

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The stretch of Figueroa Street (and environs) between Seventh Street and Exposition Park has been seeing an enormous amount of action lately, so thank heavens LADOT's MyFigueroa project, which will majorly transform the street itself, is looking healthy following the setbacks of the past few years. MyFig completely redesigns the street to make it more friendly to bikers, pedestrians, and transit riders (in addition to, of course and as always, motorists). LADOT has just released new renderings, plans, and website for the project, and plans to hold a community meeting on April 9. MyFig will still feature "people-focused streetscape elements like pedestrian-oriented signage, transit platforms for boarding buses, and a three-mile bikeway complete with bike signaling ... high-visibility crosswalks, widened sidewalks, transit platforms, more street trees and landscaping, better signalization and signage, and public art," according to a press release. More generally, "the project will physically connect South L.A. and Downtown."

Streetsblog breaks down the details: "North of exposition the road design calls for five mixed use travel lanes. South of exposition it's down to four mixed use lanes and a bus only lane. The bus only lane provides a buffer of sorts for bike traffic heading south." The adjacent stretch of Eleventh Street (from Fig to Broadway) will also be reconfigured--it'll lose one of its two westbound traffic lanes and get a one-way westbound bike lane; its northern sidewalk will be expanded. Part of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the south end of the project will get repaired paving and more lighting and street trees.

Melendrez Design Partners is leading the design work on MyFig. LADOT is still doing a traffic analysis, but construction is supposed to start in January 2014 and wrap up by the end of that year.
· Figueroa Street Overhaul Back on the (Separated Cycle) Track [Curbed LA]
· MyFigueroa [Official Site]