The City’s Bureau of Street Services broke ground on a federally funded streetscape improvement project that will fix broken sidewalks and replace trees along Sunset Blvd, City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34) announced today.
PHOTO: David Bermudez from Central City Action Committee, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Maryanne Haiashi, Director Central City Action Committee, Public Works Commissioner Kevin James, and Bureau of Street Services Director Nazario Sauceda break ground on the Sunset Blvd Streetscape Improvement Project.
Becerra, who represents the 34th Congressional District, and the office of Councilmember O’Farrell, along with his predecessor Eric Garcetti, have worked on plans for the $853,000 streetscape project since 2009.
This project will provide more than 120 new street trees, nine solar powered trash receptacles, 13 benches, seven bike racks, and high visibility crosswalks. Other safety related improvements include refurbishing parts of the Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street intersection
“This is the first of many exciting streetscape improvements along the Historic Route 66 stretch of Sunset Blvd,,” said O’Farrell. “Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Becerra, as well as the tremendous input from the community, the City’s Bureau of Street Services will make Sunset Blvd even safer and more pedestrian friendly for families and visitors alike.”
The Echo Park Historical Society, the Echo Park Improvement Association, the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council all played a key role in applying for Federal Transportation Grant funds.
“These investments help us create safe, walkable communities. They also keep hard-working Angelenos on the job building our City,” said Congressman Becerra. “Through this project we are making a part of one of our city’s great boulevards shine brighter. I am proud to support this beautification effort to benefit the residents and local businesses in a historic community like Echo Park."
The boundaries of this project are 1.3 miles along Sunset Boulevard from Rosemont Avenue to Innes Street. It covers the community of Echo Park in both Council District 13 and Council District 1.
“"Public Works is proud to partner with the Offices of Congressmember Becerra, Councilmembers O'Farrell and Cedillo and the community of Echo Park on this important streetscape improvement project," said Board of Public Works Commissioner Barbara Romero.
The project calls for the placement of trash receptacles, installation of benches and high visibility crosswalks compliant with American with Disabilities Act standards.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sheri Mandel, City of Los Angeles