The recently completed (and controversially, often temporarily closed, lately) Sixth Street Bridge has ignited all sorts of conversations in Los Angeles about who should own this city’s streets. But just up the 101, there’s another project getting ready to make some pedestrian improvements to one of the biggest, let’s say, unique streets.
Construction will begin in the summer of 2023 on so-called “rapid” streetscape improvements along the most popular spaces of Hollywood Boulevard. In 2020, the city released its first concept images of plans to reduce car traffic lanes and increase pedestrian space in this stretch of Walk of Fame. However this complete master plan construction is still a few years away, some of its significant changes will arrive sooner.
The fast-track construction will convert most of the parking lanes on Hollywood Boulevard, between Orange Drive and Gower Street, into pedestrian areas with dining tables and chairs, sidewalk vending and temporary art installations, as well as flower pots, landscaping and additional shade trees. (Some car pick-up, drop-off and loading areas will remain.) The $7.2 million mini-makeover, funded by the Measure M-enabled Metro Active Transportation Program, will also provide bus shelters and boarding platforms ( some stops will be consolidated as part of The subway NextGen Program) plus bike racks, transit kiosks, benches and waste containers. The project also aims to improve pedestrian safety, which paradoxically includes reduction walking tours along Hollywood Boulevard.
We were curious how these improvements would affect the Highland to Orange section of Hollywood Boulevard, the remarkably busy, tourist-filled area next to Chinese theater and A standing ovation– and one that also routinely shuts down alleys and streets for movie premieres. Exactly how to handle this unique area is still being worked out, according to a spokesman for the office of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the area. It’s a similar story of what will happen to the many tour buses and vans in the area. There are existing ones tourist bus areas just off Hollywood Boulevard (and beyond the scope of this rapid construction), but venture down Hollywood Boulevard that evening and you’re sure to see dozens of vans idling along the curb — in parking spaces that will begin to disappear, the next ones coming the summer.
Construction on the fast-track should be completed in 2024, the same year that full construction of the Hollywood Walk of Fame master plan (in segments starting between Gower Street and Wilcox Avenue) could begin. This phase of the full project (which also includes Vine Street) will add several more feet of pedestrian space plus protected bike lanes. It will also reduce two lanes of vehicular traffic in each direction to just one in each direction (plus a center turning lane).
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