There’s a lot going on San Fernando Road as it slices through Cypress Park and Glassell Park. A trio of new schools have or are in the process of opening along the busy roadway and city officials have banned the opening of new auto repair shops and salvage yards as part of a campaign to reduce blight. A public meeting tonight in Cypress Park will provide information about the newest project headed for San Fernando Road: an $8.4 million road widening that promises to reduce congestion but also most likely lead to a year of construction-related detours and delays.
The project is designed in part to handle additional traffic generated by a giant, $240 million high school, Central Region High School #13, scheduled to open next year just north of the Rio de Los Angeles State Park. An approximately half-mile long strip of San Fernando Road between Elm Street and Eagle Rock Boulevard will be widened to add a northbound lane, a traffic median and wider sidewalks, according to project documents. In addition, San Fernando Road would also be widened and new onramps built where the road meets the 2 Freeway. Work is scheduled to begin this November and last a year, according to the project report.
Some residents have raised issues about the widening. “It was [seen] by a few of us that their initial plans placed a far greater emphasis on moving vehicles through our community than it did
pedestrians, bicyclist, and public transportation users,” said Helen Schpak in a posting on the NELA List.
There might be more construction work ahead for San Fernando Road. The backers of a high-speed train are looking at cutting a 100-foot wide trench along the road to funnel the bullet trains between Los Angeles and points north.
Tonight’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM in the Los Feliz Room at the L.A. River Center in Cypress Park
San Fernando Road Widening Project Fact Sheet. LADOT