By BARRY LANK

El Sereno   — What’s to be done with Eastern Avenue?

Councilmember Jose Huizar has thrown it open to suggestions and has launched an effort —  “Envision Eastern”  — intended to gage what the community wants to see next on the major north-south street.

The project has included online surveys and a series of community meetings, the third and final of which will be held tonight, Tuesday, June 5, at the LA Christian Presbyterian Church on Eastern.

“The general responses so far have been around the need to slow traffic and make it safer for pedestrians,” said Rick Coca, Huizar’s communications director. “Specifically, people have asked for new signals/crosswalks, repairing the sidewalks, street lighting, and curb extensions.”

If the Envision Eastern effort goes according to schedule, a proposed scope of work will be developed by the end of June, Coca said. That’s when the city will apply for a state transportation grant to make it happen. The exact budget – like the exact plan – is not yet known.

“Eastern Avenue is both a centrally located, highly-used transit corridor, as well as a destination location for a number of our most treasured and important El Sereno institutions, like our park and schools,” Huizar said. “We can make it better and safer for all, and that’s what we are aiming to do.”

The neighborhood has seen a series of road improvements over the last few years. The Valley Boulevard Bridge, which helped untangle traffic at a railroad crossing. was completed in 2010. The old Soto/Mission Bridge – which created blind crossings at entrance and exit points – has been removed and replaced with an at-grade road that has two signalized intersections.

Next year,  the city plans to widen Soto Street between Huntington Drive and Multnomah Street – adding a southbound travel lane, protected bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting and additional greenery.

Work is also underway along Alhambra Avenue involving a road diet and other efforts to slow traffic and increase safety.

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