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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tractors take over Sunset Boulevard

A weekend-long repaving of Sunset Boulevard through the eastern end of Echo Park has left motorists looking for alternative routes around the project.  Crews this morning tore up Sunset between approximately Figueroa Street on the east and Douglas Street on the west. But eastbound traffic is blocked at Sunset and Echo Park Avenue.  Crews are scheduled to return early Sunday to pour and press and new layer of blacktop into place, said several workers. Metro bus riders should also prepare for detours and delays, according to the MTA.



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13 comments

  1. Oooh, any old rails exposed?

  2. Freshly paved for dodger traffic. How about fixing up the streets around dodger stadium and enforcing locals only parking from opening day untill seasons end…what does that take?

  3. I hope they extend the bike lanes into downtown when they repaint the roadbed.

  4. not being a dick, just an editor

    two words: take over (when it’s a verb)

  5. Without police presence of any kind, vehicles were simply driving around the orange cones that were intended to stop traffic, creating a very dangerous situation for workers as well as residents like me trying to navigate back to our respective homes off of the the “closed” portion of Sunset Blvd. Additionally, lack of proper signage I’m sure contributed to the confusion non locals must have felt while attempting to get around the mess. Way to go City of Los Angeles! Your poor planning and utter disregard for the safety of your residents shows you’ve still got stones enough to blaze through another mismanaged public project without so much as a guy holding a stop sign. Let’s hope the casualties are few and the contracts keep flowing.

  6. lambskin is right it was a free for all and nearly impossible to get to the streets north of Sunset that dead end (like ours.) zero info online and really noisy and kinda pointless. Of all the roads in the area it certainly was the least in need of repair. Upper Lilac Terrace needs it! Though we appreciate that the bad roads and steep hills deter Dodger parking.

  7. Sheesh. They try to fix roads and complaints fly. Have some potholes.

  8. I was a block over from the Douglas Street closure and was surprised that there were not any traffic enforcement. On Sunday when I was walking my dogs I was surprised by how fast the trucks were driving and was sprayed by loose tar and gravel as they rolled past. Also, some locals who were trying to navigate around the cones were also driving extraordinarily fast. I decide to stay home for the day and did not brave it out there again. I dread this happening on my street as I have no outlet and would be essentially trapped.

    Today on my way to work I noticed plenty of debris west of the paving site. I hope they clean it up soon.

  9. Deal with it. Drive safe amid the speeders — c’mon people, if this were NYC it’d be so minor as to warrant a passing mention. We went mass transit in LA? It means streets get torn up and business disruptions, and lord almighty, traffic diversions and tie-ups for a few years. And huge amounts of moola.

    Say you want a revolution in quality of LA street paving? Say you want peeps out of vehicles and into group ridership?

    The piper plays not for free.

  10. J, correction included. pls discard prev.

    Deal with it. Drive safe amid the speeders — c’mon people, if this were NYC it’d be so minor as to warrant a passing mention. We want mass transit in LA? It means streets get torn up and business disruptions, and lord almighty, traffic diversions and tie-ups for a few years. And huge amounts of moola.

    Say you want a revolution in quality of LA street paving? Say you want peeps out of vehicles and into group ridership?

    The piper plays not for free.

  11. DarrellKuni,
    Having lived in NYC, I can assure you that major street repaving without police presence, proper signage or at least one or two people directing traffic simply WOULD NOT HAPPEN. The piper needs some sheet music.

  12. Extending the bike lanes would be logical since they’ll be re-striping the road anyway, but then again this is Los Angeles.

  13. It sucks that they re-striped this portion of Sunset without adding bike lanes. This directly contradict the recently approved Los Angeles Bicycle Plan (http://www.labikeplan.org/public_involvement/). The plan’s System Map shows this stretch of Sunset as part of the “Backbone Bikeway Network,” and the Five-Year Map (http://www.labikeplan.org/fiveyear/)shows that adding bike lanes to this section of Sunset is “Priority 1.”

    Clearly, this isn’t actually a priority for the City.

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