Los Angeles region road and highway improvement projects will receive nearly $48 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America discretionary grant program, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-CA, announced Friday.
“This federal funding will help improve the flow of traffic and safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in Southern California,” Padilla said. “These projects underscore the benefits of investing in infrastructure for our economy and public safety. Whether it’s commuters heading to work, students walking to school or truckers keeping our supply chain moving, they all rely on quality modern roads and highways. I am committed to advocating for the federal government to go bigger and bolder as we move forward President Biden’s American Jobs Plan to invest in American infrastructure.”
The funding includes $18 million for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets Infrastructure project, which includes about 26 new traffic signals and pedestrian signal enhancements at about 80 intersections. LADOT will also use the funding for street transformations and hardscape improvements, such as new separated bike lanes, high-visibility crosswalk markings, a center median pedestrian refuge island, bus boarding islands, sidewalk improvements, curb extensions, upgraded curb ramps, pedestrian signals, new stormwater capture facilities and additional shade trees.
The remaining $30 million was awarded to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for construction projects aimed at improving traffic flow in the 1.3-mile confluence area between the state Route 57 and state Route 60 freeways.
Construction projects include a state Route 60 bypass off-ramp to Grand Avenue, a new bypass connector from Grand Avenue to SR-60, reconstruction of the Grand Avenue overcrossing, reconfiguration of the ramps at Grand Avenue and extension of a lane on SR-57 through the confluence area.