Wilshire Repaving to Start This Weekend, Ahead of BRT Design
As I noted previously due to the terrible condition of Wilshire between Fairfax and Wilton repaving of the curb lanes along that portion is being undertaken in advance of the reconstruction of curb lanes to occur as part of the impending Wilshire bus lane project.
Work was supposed to commence in August yet as the end of the month approached nary a sign of any repaving work was apparent. I then came upon an article by Aaron Blevins of the Park LaBrea News/Beverly Press community newspaper explaining “Wilshire repaving may get pushed back to September”.
To learn more about the status of the project I e-mailed Scott Levin-Gesundheit, Communications Deputy in the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, and he informed me “The weekend of September 8 is looking like the current start date”.
Seeking details I then contacted Cora Jackson-Fossett, Director of the Public Affairs Office for the city of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. She kindly responded “The project will comprise the resurfacing of the north and south curb lanes on Wilshire Blvd., from Western Ave to Fairfax starting Saturday September 8, 2012. This will involve paving a 16 feet wide section as part of interim repairs to resolve rutting and potholes. The work will take place over 3 to 4 weekends with the first phase starting on the south side of the roadway between Muirfield Rd and Fairfax Ave on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, 2012″.
I am elated the project has been extended a few blocks east to also cover the horrible stretch of Wilshire between Wilton and Western. And thank goodness relief is finally at hand. It has long since become tiresome enduring bouncing rides on the Metro line 20 local Wilshire bus along this portion of the thoroughfare.
Cora Jackson-Fossett has shared further details about the repaving: “The crews will be working between 7 AM and 4 PM each day. West bound traffic will not be affected, however, travel will be limited eastbound. A detour will be set-up to route eastbound traffic to the south along 8th Street. For information, constituents may call (213) 485-5561, Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 4 PM”.
Hopefully the Roadwork in Progress page on the L.A. City Bureau of Street Services website will gives a heads up on where the repaving will next occur as it progresses.