City officials broke ground Monday on $20 million in street upgrades intended to make a three-mile stretch of Figueroa Street between downtown Los Angeles and USC more amenable to bicyclists, pedestrians and people who use public transportation.
Upgrades such as wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, better street lighting and signs and dedicated transit stops will be made along Figueroa Street, between Wilshire and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, as part of the “MyFig” project, which was officially kicked off Monday.
Some of the improvements will also be on intersecting streets, including at 11th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The project, who is funded with Proposition 1C funding, is expected to be completed by next summer.
“The MyFig project offers us a glimpse into the future of urban multimodal planning in the city of Los Angeles where we truly prioritize pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation users as much as automobile riders,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the downtown Los Angeles portion of the project.
“The end result will be a dynamic, vibrant and safer corridor that welcomes all Angelenos from Exposition Park and USC to LA Live and the Financial District in DTLA.”
Councilman Curren Price, who represents the improvements closer to USC, called it an “an ambitious project to catapult Los Angeles into the forefront of multimodal transportation.”
“It is just the type of innovative, forward thinking that makes this the best city in the world,” Price said. “People are hopping on bikes to get to their meetings, they are taking DASH to lunch and ride-share later for cocktails.
We want to see projects like My Figueroa be more expansive and we want to make sure that they are accessible for everyone, and not for just an exclusive few.”
—City News Service