Transportation, Traffic & Mobility Issues

City Seeks Comments on Mobility Element of General Plan

The City is currently updating the Mobility Element of its General Plan (formerly known as the transportation Element).  They have developed some draft goals and policies and draft implementation programs and would like your comments by March 31.  More information is available at la2b.org
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LA/2B Draft Proposals Available for Review

Transit and Bicycle Enhanced Networks

Visit, this link for more information from the Los Angeles Department of City Planning

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March 14, 2013:  Highway Safety Improvement Program Announcement

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has started the process to compete for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant funds.   The official announcement by the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on the availabCompility of the funds is due to be released late March or early April 2013 with grant applications likely be due to Caltrans in early July 2013.

Caltrans allocates HSIP funds to local agencies in California for infrastructure related safety improvements and traffic calming measures on public roads, public surface transportation facilities and public-owned bicycle or pedestrian pathways.  These funds assist local agencies in improving safety by eliminating and reducing the number and severity of traffic collisions at critical and high concentration locations.Because of the time sensitivity in safety related issues, it is the intent of the HSIP that federal funds be expended on projects that can be completed expeditiously.  Projects should not require the acquisition of significant rights-of-way, nor should they require extensive environmental review and mitigation.A technical team comprised from city staff is currently reviewing a number of intersections and corridors throughout the city with high pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular crash frequencies.  These locations are reviewed based on merit and the feasibility to be successful in capturing the HSIP grant and in accordance with the published scoring methodology posted by Caltrans.  Caltrans’ primary rating factor is the benefit to cost ratio, which takes into consideration the number and severity of collisions that traffic countermeasures may reduce, the type of the crash, the crash reduction capabilities of the selected countermeasures, and the cost of the countermeasures.  Caltrans’ rating process assigns the most benefit to the crashes involving fatalities, and then severe injuries.If you know of a location or are aware of a safety hazard situation that can be a good candidate for a HSIP project, please work with your respective council office to submit that project for consideration by May 15, 2013.  Only projects submitted by city departments, council offices and the Office of the Mayor will be considered for evaluation.

For more information, please visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/hsip.htm or contact Arsen Mangasarian of LADOT at arsen.mangasrian@lacity.org.

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Construction on Palos Verdes Drive East and Ganado

Feb. 2, 2013:  Construction commenced today on the storm drain detention basin associated with Marymount College’s permanent parking lot expansion project approved by the City Council in March 2012. The construction work involves clearing and grading at the base of the southern slope, just north of Ganado Drive. Construction trucks are hauling the excavated earth from this area onto the campus via Palos Verdes Drive East to the College’s entry driveway and then returning to the job area via Palos Verdes Drive East and Ganado Drive, where the trucks will make a u-turn. The excavated earth is being stockpiled at the current location of the athletic field until re-purposed on the campus. Motorists are advised to exercise caution while travelling through the construction cone zone and should expect minor delays as flagmen are located along the construction cone zone to assist with traffic control.

In addition, trucks hauling debris (old asphalt, concrete, etc.) from demolition work associated with the permanent parking lot expansion project will be periodically traveling out of the City on the City approved haul route via Palos Verdes Drive East and Miraleste Drive. Motorists should anticipate some delays if traveling along this same route.

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