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The Los Angeles City Council recently reportedly authorized its transportation department to tell its federal counterpart that it will pursue added funds to complete an $18 million federal grant for safety improvements in South LA.
The project will improve the Broadway Corridor in Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price’s districts.The aforementioned corridor is one of the most dangerous in the area in terms of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths and injuries, according to Harris-Dawson.
Back in Feb., the USDOT made funding available for transportation projects of “national and regional significance that will result in good paying jobs, improve safety, apply transformative technology and explicitly address climate change and racial equity.” By Mar., LADOT submitted a $45 million grant application matched by $64.5 million from state, local, and other eligible funding sources for the Community Infrastructure Resiliency Zone Project in South Los Angeles. That project’s proposal included safe street infrastructure, community mobility infrastructure, and digital mobility infrastructure.
The USDOT reportedly told Los Angeles that it could receive a reduced grant of $18 million if the city limited the project to the safe street infrastructure component and guaranteed completion. The city would have to designate $13 million in future years to complete the project. After that, city staff met with USDOT and agreed to move forward pending the mayor and City Council’s approval, the latter of which was received during Tuesday’s council meeting. The motion was introduced verbally because the matter came to the council’s attention after the meeting’s agenda was posted.
“We applied for $45 million. The Department of Transportation is prepared to reward $18 million. We’ve got to certify that we can still do the work for the reduced amount. The announcement will be (tomorrow) morning, which is why we have to take the vote this morning,” reportedly Harris-Dawson said.
The city reportedly plans to use a mix of local funds to complete the work, including potentially funds from SB1, Measure M, Measure R, Proposition C, and more.
In the U.S, one pedestrian dies every 90 minutes. The city of Los Angeles is infamous for pedestrian accidents— it’s the top worst city for pedestrian deaths in the U.S. Los Angeles city data shows that pedestrians are involved in 8% of traffic collisions yet account for nearly 45% of all traffic deaths annually. Moreover, over 65% of all severe and fatal traffic collisions involving people walking occur on just 6% of our city streets, and it’s known as the High-Injury Network. Of the 86 traffic collision deaths in Los Angeles by May 2020, 50 victims — nearly 60% — were pedestrians killed by drivers. According to the LAPD, pedestrian deaths have exceeded motorist deaths every year since 2010.
And California’s bicycle accident statistics aren’t any better — they are alarming and demonstrate the dangerous reality that many bicyclists face. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 California was the second state with the most pedalcyclist deaths in the country. In 2017, the city of Los Angeles experienced a total of 1,918 bicycle accidents that resulted in 17 fatalities, according to the California Highway Patrol’s 2017 Annual Report.