Playa del Rey traffic map on petition. Image via change.org

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced Thursday it is adding an extra traffic lane in Playa del Rey where 9.4 miles of lanes recently were eliminated as part of a project Councilman Mike Bonin called a safety improvement and its detractors called “one-lane madness.”

The new traffic lane is short, spanning a few blocks from Nicholson Street to Jefferson Boulevard along Culver Street, and will be implemented over the next few days starting Friday, LADOT said.

“After studying data and traffic flow patterns for the first month of the pilot project, LADOT will be adding an additional eastbound lane on Culver Boulevard between Nicholson Street and Jefferson Boulevard to move traffic more smoothly through the intersection at Culver Boulevard and Nicholson Street,” LADOT said in a statement.

The elimination of traffic lanes that reduced parts of Venice Boulevard, Pershing Drive, Jefferson Boulevard and Culver Street to one lane in each direction has sparked a backlash among some residents.

An online petition calling for an end to the project has almost 7,000 signatures, and a second online campaign has raised almost $20,000 for its supporters to take legal action against the city and organize opposition.

Bonin has defended the road alterations, and in a recent opinion piece in The Argonaut said it was about saving lives.

“We don’t need to sacrifice another mother or child to make way for as many speeding cars as we can jam through our neighborhoods,” Bonin wrote.

— City News Service

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