If you’ve ever tried to exit the 10 freeway and get to Culver City, you’ve felt the pain of the Robertson and National offramps.
Due to the way that the street grid shifts, the ramps meander off the 10 in an extremely disorienting manner. Once you end up on the street you’re trying to get to, you’ve endured so many twists and turns you feel certain that you’re going the wrong way (you probably are). And the ramps are far too short, meaning the freeway funnels heaps of cars—45,000 per all four ramps daily—right onto small, busy streets unequipped to deal with the heavy traffic.
LADOT is partering with the City of Culver City and Caltrans to improve this Gordian knot of the LA freeway system—and hopefully make commuting easier for people choosing to take the train to avoid it.
According to an LADOT release, the I-10/Robertson/National Area Circulation Improvement Project will upgrade the Robertson and National onramps and offramps in a way that will improve the experience for drivers and transit users.
The goal is to “simplify traffic movements, and minimize traffic impacts from the Culver City Expo Station and other new developments in the area.”
In addition, the crossings will make streets much safer for pedestrians and cyclists, who are using these same poorly designed connections to walk to the Culver City Expo line stop and access the Expo bike path.
The project team has been conducting outreach since the fall of 2016, according to a presentation posted by LADOT. The project site shows four potential design alternatives which reconfigure the offramps to smooth congestion and redesign streets to give people who live north of the 10 more pleasant walks to the train.
Public meetings are on the evenings of March 13 and 14; details are here, and there’s more information at the project site. A timeline says the goal is to have a final environmental review approved by winter of 2019.