Over the last few weeks, WSSM residents have likely noticed the closure of curb lanes along westbound Pico Boulevard and its intersection at Overland. The great news is that the initial phase of the long anticipated Walk Pico! street improvement program is finally underway.
After several years of planning in partnership with our community through the Westside Neighborhood Council (WNC), the city has broken ground on the beautification and traffic safety project designed to enhance the walkability of our Pico corridor. Spanning from Patricia Avenue on the east down to I-405 on the west, the renovations — which include sidewalk improvements, landscaped traffic medians and safer crosswalks — promise to revitalize our neighborhood’s local business corridor. Both Overland and Westwood will see upgrades on the blocks immediately adjacent to Pico, as well.
Managed by by the L.A. City Bureau of Street Maintenance, the construction work requires phased lane closures running down two to three blocks of Pico at a time — in one direction of traffic only — for periods of one to two weeks. The overall time for work on the north side of Pico will be three to four months — with work completed sometime in September. At that time, work will begin on the south side of Pico, with the major construction involving major lane closures currently estimated for completion late this fall. Signage will be posted on each affected stretch of Pico at least 72 hours prior to implementation of new lane closures.
The entire project will be finished late next year (2023) When completed, Walk Pico! will provide residents and local business with the following list of upgrades:
- Bus Stop Safety Lights (east and west bound lines on Pico Blvd.)
- Upgraded Access Curb Ramps (Pico. Blvd and Westwood Blvd/Tennessee Ave)
- Concrete Sidewalk Improvements (Pico. Blvd)
- Crosswalk Improvements (Pico. Blvd and Westwood Blvd/Tennessee Ave)
- Bicycle Signal Upgrades (Westwood Blvd/Tennessee Ave.
- Community Wayfinding/Historic Signage (Pico Blvd.)
- Landscape Median and Bump-out Enhancements (Pico Blvd. and Overland Ave.)
- Street Furniture (Pico Blvd.)
- 50 Proposed Street Trees (Pico Blvd.)
For any questions or concerns about this project, residents are encouraged to speak to the job site supervisor directly, or call (213) 847-4059. Members may also contact WSSM at email@example.com.