SILVER LAKE -- City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services (BSS), the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and members of the Silver Lake community on Wednesday dedicated streetscape improvements that enhance the visitor experience along Sunset Boulevard in Sunset Junction.
During a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Councilmember O’Farrell said this project will make the area more inviting, more walkable and safer for pedestrians, and more accessible to every Angeleno.
“The intersection of history and culture in Los Angeles is now more aesthetically pleasing and more accessible to every Angeleno than ever before,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “I want to thank Metro for funding the work at Sunset Junction, our City departments for the design and construction, and the community for its input on this placemaking project that will stimulate the local economy.”
The scope of the project included repairing 7600 square feet of damaged sidewalk, 450 linear feet of curb and gutter replacement, and the planting of an additional 12 street trees along a quarter-mile stretch of Sunset Blvd, between Santa Monica Blvd and Edgecliff Drive.
“This improvement project is in keeping with a key priority of Mayor Eric Garcetti to create a more livable and sustainable city,” said Board of Public Works President Kevin James. “We at the Department of Public Works are committed to continue investing in these efforts.”
"This streetscape project has beautified and enhanced this segment of Sunset Boulevard, while providing a safer environment for the people who live and work in this area," said Bureau of Street Services Director Nazario Sauceda.
Improvements also included adding 20 bike racks, improved bike lanes, and the widening of sidewalks along this bustling commercial corridor.
"Building safe, beautiful streets takes a strong team. The city is proud to partner with Metro, the community, and the council office to deliver neighborhood investments like this one" said Seleta Reynolds, LADOT General Manager.
The project was funded by Metro. The work was a collaboration between the 13th District Council Office, BSS, and LADOT.
“This will be a great addition to the Silver Lake community,” said Rusty Millar, a Silver Lake constituent. “This is truly a project that had community input on design from the very beginning and was actively supported by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in 2007. It will benefit our stakeholders for years to come and we are glad that Council Member O’Farrell helped bring this to fruition.”
The project was completed on time and on budget.