Driving in the neighborhood is finally getting a bit smoother on some local thoroughfares.
The Bureau of Street Services (BSS) has recently repaved Third St from Rossmore to La Brea, and Vine St from Melrose to Santa Monica. This last weekend a new surface on Olympic Blvd, between Crenshaw and Rimpau was completed, striping is expected within the next week. Up next; La Brea Ave., between Third and Beverly is scheduled for September.
The BSS website lists “committed” resurfacing projects slated for each month (through September), an easy place to check and see if your favorite route is going to get a new coating anytime soon. BSS also has a Service Request Form online that will let you electronically submit requests for service such as pothole repair, removal of trees or objects fallen in the street, and permits for tree removal. No word on how long it takes for them to log and respond to requests.
In addition to the repaving, the City is installing “continental crosswalks”, sometimes known as zebra crosswalks, in some 19,000 intersections in Los Angeles. With their 2 foot wide bold stripes, the continental crosswalks are said to be much more visible, reducing pedestrian accidents by 25% compared to regular crosswalks. The zebra markings cost around $10,000 apiece and are being paid for with Measure R funding, the 2008 ballot measure that pays for transportation improvements.