Next week, the L.A. City Council's Transportation Committee will consider an LADOT staff recommendation to reallocate $6.2 million in Measure R funds toward six previously unfunded projects in Boyle Heights, Downtown, and South Los Angeles.
One of the most prominent projects, called "Cesar Chavez Connections," would receive $1.85 million, adding to $900,000 is mandated city funds. Plans call for the installation of streetscape and transportation enhancements along Cesar Chavez Avenue between Alameda Street and Grand Avenue in El Pueblo, including pedestrian and transit plazas at Spring Street, Broadway, and Grand Avenue.
Another project, associated with the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement, would provide $2.5 million for sidewalk and bike path improvements along Mission Street and Myers Street between the new viaduct and the existing 7th Street crossing.
The other previously unfunded projects are:
- Safe routes to schools infrastructure improvements for Sheridan Street Elementary and Breed Street Elementary
- Safe routes to school infrastructure for Dolores Huerta Elementary, 28th Street Elementary, and Quincy Jones Elementary.
- Safe routes to school infrastructure for Menlo Avenue Elementary and West Vernon Elementary.
- Safe routes to school improvements for Van Nuys Elementary
The plan, if approved by the L.A. City Council, could also be used to fund the increased scope of the Arts District/Little Tokyo Gold Line Station linkages project.
The Measure R funds were previously earmarked for projects by the Community Redevelopment Agency, which has since been dissolved.