Safety upgrades would cover a 2-mile stretch between Gower St and Lyman Pl, which is one of the busiest commercial corridors in the city

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Hugo Soto-Martínez and Nithya Raman along with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) announced the beginning of community outreach for the Hollywood Boulevard Safety and Mobility Project. Community outreach and design will be completed by the winter of 2023 for implementation in 2024.

The project goals include:

  • Improving traffic safety to reduce fatalities and severe injuries caused by car crashes.
  • Enhancing connectivity to jobs, social services, transit, and community resources.
  • Supporting sustainable modes of transportation like biking, walking, and public transit.
  • Increasing access to the Metro B (Red) Line.
  • Complementing the upcoming redesign of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Between 2010 and 2019, 56 people were killed or severely injured along this 2-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, underscoring the urgent need for safety improvements that will benefit the whole community, and especially the working-class families that rely on walking, biking and public transportation to get around in their day to day lives.

The upgrades will include various elements of the Vision Zero Safety Toolkit, which has been proven across the city to save lives and improve the transportation experience for people walking, bicycling, taking transit, and driving alike. Councilmembers Soto-Martínez and Raman will also work with LADOT to expedite the project because of its importance to the community and the region’s economy.

“Traffic violence is the #1 killer of children in our city,” said Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez, who represents Hollywood on the LA City Council. “This project can save lives and make Hollywood safer for the entire community. We send our sincere gratitude to LADOT and our community partners who are working tirelessly to bring this project to fruition.”

“Hollywood Boulevard is such an important street for our CD4 community and for the City as a whole,” said Councilmember Nithya Raman. “Our major roads, like Hollywood Blvd, are places that draw people for work, shopping and errands, dining, school, and living a full life — it is unconscionable that they are also some of our most dangerous roads in the City. I am so happy to have this project come before the public, and anticipate eager engagement from our CD4 community in particular.”

“Hollywood Boulevard is an iconic corridor in our City, and we want to ensure it is safe, vibrant, and accessible for the residents and business community that rely on it,” said LADOT Interim General Manager Connie Llanos. “The launch of this community engagement process will ensure that we hear directly from those most impacted by street design on ways to make it as efficient as possible for everyone, regardless of how they choose to travel.”


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