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MyFigueroa, the $20-million streetscape improvement project stretching between Exposition Park and Downtown Los Angeles, is now targeting completion in Spring 2018.

The project - which includes a four-mile stretch of Figueroa Street, as well as segments of 11th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard - will implement new features such as protected bike lanes, expanded sidewalks, new seating and landscaping, high-visibility crosswalks and island bus platforms.

Though originally scheduled to break ground in Summer 2016, the start of construction for MyFigueroa was delayed until well into October.  Likewise, the project's anticipated completion has also been pushed back incrementally, with weather-related delays blamed for a work slow-down in late 2016.  Previously slated to open in early 2017, the City announced in March that completion was had been pushed back to September.  By August, with little apparent progress, it was announced that the new bike lanes and safety enhancements would open in early 2018.  The latest announcement now refines the expected completion date to this coming Spring.

Ongoing work is focused near USC, at the southern leg of the route, where new bus platforms are receiving guard rails, shelters, traffic signals and wayfinding signage. 

Unexpected issues with underground utilities have slowed construction along 11th Street, and a definitive timeline for that section of the project has not been finalized.

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