Malibu Mayor Pro Tem John Sibert at the groundbreaking at Kanan Dume.
Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal at the groundbreaking at Kanan Dume.
Photos: Ben Jong/Metro
The City of Malibu broke ground this week on two new new traffic improvement projects along the Pacific Coast Highway. One project will replace traffic signals at Big Rock Drive to include a left-turn phase and improve the bus stop and pedestrian access. The other project will realign, extend and widen the truck arrester bed–the gravel lane that helps stop runaway vehicles–and improve signage in the area at Kanan Dume Road and PCH.
Both projects are funded by Measure R. Big Rock Drive received approximately $300,000, and Kanan Dume received $900,000. These are the first Measure R funded roadway improvement projects to begin in the City of Malibu.
I’ll be touring the project next week — I’m looking forward to seeing all the work done. The project is about half complete and is forecast for an early 2016 opening at this point. The project also includes a large maintenance campus in Monrovia for light rail vehicles — it’s the large construction site just west of the Home Depot on the south side of the 210 freeway
The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project this week began construction activities along the 8.5-mile alignment that includes old railroad track demolition, building demolition and tree removal and pruning.
The contractor Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructor (WSCC) began removing old railroad tracks at two locations: Florence Avenue between Crenshaw Boulevard and Manchester Avenue and Aviation Boulevard between Manchester Avenue and Imperial Highway.
The work will be done between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will last for the next four months. No traffic impacts are expected since this will be done in Metro’s right-of-way.
The demolition of buildings at the northeast corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Rodeo Road will have the same work schedule but is expected to be completed in two weeks. At the same location trees will be removed beginning Thursday, Feb. 6. This is expected to take only two days and will have the same work schedule. This location will be used as a construction yard and will ultimately be the location of a future underground station.
In addition, tree pruning will take place at four locations along Crenshaw Boulevard: between Exposition Boulevard and Rodeo Road, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stocker Street both sides of Crenshaw Boulevard and both sides between 43rd Place and 43rd Street.
The last location will be the center island at Crenshaw and 48th Street.
From this afternoon’s ribbon cutting. Photo: Metro
Earlier today, the City of El Segundo held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Measure R Maple Avenue highway project. The project was fully funded by Measure R to the tune of $2.5 million and came in $350,000 under budget. The project improves access to the I-105 from Sepulveda Blvd. and relieves congestion at the intersection of Sepulveda and Imperial for commuters and residents.
This is the first ribbon-cutting for a Measure R project in the South Bay, the the South Bay Cities Council of Governments is looking forward to the completion of more highway improvements in South Bay cities that have been funded by Measure R.
First, the caveat: The Metro Board has not — emphasis on the HAS NOT part — decided to take a ballot measure to Los Angeles County voters.
That said, in recent months, both the Board as a whole and individual members have said they want to explore the idea of taking a ballot measure to voters in 2014 or 2016. Furthermore, the Board has instructed Metro to ask local cities what kind of transportation projects that may want funded in such a measure.
As the above Metro staff report explains, there are still many decisions to be made.
Perhaps the most significant: should a ballot measure seek an extension of Measure R to accelerate projects? Or should it perhaps be a new sales tax to provide more money for some Measure R projects and perhaps pay for some new ones?
Some quick background. The Measure R half-cent sales tax increase was approved by 68 percent of county voters in Nov. 2008. The Measure R expenditure plan spread money around to many transit and road projects across the county.
In some cases, Measure R provides most of the money needed to build a project — a good example is the second phase of the Expo Line. In other cases, Measure R only provides partial funding and not enough money for more expensive project alternatives and segments.
Metro CEO Art Leahy informed Metro staff and Board today that the agency has officially sent in its application for federal New Starts funding for the Regional Connector project to the Federal Transit Administration.
It’s a first step in the process of obtaining a federal contribution for the 1.9-mile underground light rail project to connect the Blue, Gold and Expo Lines in downtown L.A. The full funding grant application for the Purple Line Extension project is planned next.
Here’s the update from CEO Leahy:
Correspondence to FTA – Regional Connector Full Funding Grant Agreement
This morning, I transmitted our Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) application for the Regional Connector to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers. Over the coming months, the FFGA for the Regional Connector will be fully reviewed and considered by the FTA and the relevant congressional committees. The FFGA for the Regional Connector includes a federal New Starts commitment of $670 million. I would like to personally express my appreciation to FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and his professional staff in Washington, DC and at the FTA’s regional office in San Francisco and local office in Los Angeles for their exceptional efforts in working with our agency’s staff on this planned transit project. For your review, please find my letter to FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers.
Metro advisory group meeting for Purple Line Extension Project.
Metro will be holding its next advisory group meeting for the first segment of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Members of the public are invited to observe the advisory group meeting as local stakeholders discuss construction-related issues for the first nearly four-mile subway segment between Wilshire/Western and La Cienega. Construction is expected to begin next year.
During the meeting, the Metro project team will provide updates on the project’s status, activities and anticipated construction schedule.
Meeting details are as follows:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd – 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
This location is served by Metro lines 20, 720, 217, 780. Validated parking is available in the structure behind the museum. Motorists should enter the parking structure from Fairfax and bring their parking ticket with them.
The advisory group consists of individuals representing the residents, businesses, property owners and key institutions around the La Brea, Fairfax and La Cienega stations. City staff are also been invited to attend the meeting, listen to the discussion and answer questions.