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Mayor wants traffic plan implemented

February 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
In a surprise move sure to spark controversy, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reportedly wants to get a Westside traffic plan into effect sooner rather than later.Villaraigosa has ordered transportation officials to implement his plan, essentially sidestepping the City Council.

Under the plan, Pico and Olympic boulevards would be changed to mostly one-way. Pico Blvd. would have four lanes going east and two going west, while Olympic Blvd. would have four lanes going west and two going east.

It would involve corridors on along Pico and Olympic stretching between Centinela Ave. and Fairfax Ave. The plan originally went one mile further to La Brea but the mayor scaled it back.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mayor Villaraigosa Thursday ordered the city's Transportation Department to implement the plan. The move came after the plan stalled earlier this week in council committee.

The mayor reportedly said that the city council does not have jurisdiction over traffic related issues.

There has been strong opposition from area residents and businesses, as well as from several council members.

The plan would ban parking on all but a few stretches of Pico and Olympic during rush hours, which opponents believe will have a major impact on residents and on businesses.

The mayor's plan to ease gridlock on the Westside is set to take effect on March 8.

 

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