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An Improved Stretch Of Figueroa Street Is Officially Open In Downtown LA

An artist''s rendering shows a protected bike lane that will be built on Figueroa Street as part of the My Figueroa project. (Courtesy LADOT)
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About $20 million and 10 years later, a revamped section of Figueroa Street is officially open. The "MyFigueroa Streetscape Project" was designed to improve access and safety for walkers, bikers and transit on a four-mile stretch of the roadway.

The redesigned area runs from 7th Street in the heart of downtown south to Exposition Park, covering short portions of 11th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The improvements include three miles of bikeway, portions of which are fully protected or buffered, wider sidewalks, high-visibility crosswalks, improved signal timing, landscaping, art and floating transit platforms.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation took over the project after the Community Redevelopment Agency was shuttered. A lawsuit and construction delays, in part to relocate utility lines, slowed the work.

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LAist/KPCC commuting and mobility reporter Meghan McCarty is downtown covering the ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

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