Jan 6, 2019

Possible L.A. Road Changes


Mapping the bad roads
Topical map of L.A. roads.

Los Angeles is a city filled with traffic that results in frequent traffic jams, wrecks, and congestion. The town has maintained roadways by paving through canyons, flattening hillsides to expand roads and downed trees. Also, this has helped improve traffic flow, but it has not been a long-term plan for fixing LA's traffic problems.

No faster are roadways widened or added, and filled with vehicles, rather than easing the problem. City planners have been working on a solution they have been pushing claiming new ideas need to get put into action.

After all, despite new traffic laws in California, LA is still a traffic nightmare on many surface streets. Consequently, the old ones have proven ineffective. The viable options have been brought up enough by city planners that the state legislature is now beginning to discuss the alternatives suggested.

Comprehensive Approach to Traffic Problems

One of the suggestions is to endorse a comprehensive policy to approach traffic issues from a different strategy. Instead of making motor vehicles the priority one alternative is to improve convenience and safety for public transportation, pedestrians, and bicyclists with the object being to reduce traffic. Given other safe and convenient options, many believe some people are now driving would use these alternatives.


What is Mobility Plan 2035?

This alternative that legislatures are discussing is known as Mobility Plan 2035, which includes bus-only lanes, reduction of some car lanes on some of the most massive boulevards. Plus it has significant new road designs and hundreds of miles of new bicycle lanes. Consequently, this is a twenty-year plan that also focuses on reducing the traffic accident fatality rate to zero.

There are some changes on LA roadways in this direction, such as safer bicycle lanes throughout the county. However, this plan is much more extensive and will touch every section of Los Angeles including Downtown, Hollywood, South Los Angeles, the Westside and the San Fernando Valley.

  • Pitfalls and Holdups

There are opponents to this alternative Mobility Plan 2035. Opponents believe that taking these measures to improve traffic congestion and reducing fatalities will only intensify traffic congestion. Hence, it may increase problems. The other thing mentioned is if it makes traffic conditions worse then it could contribute to emergency vehicle delays.

The Mobility Plan can be downloaded https://la2b.org/documents/ to find out the full information about the plan to form an educated opinion. L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin backed the project. Bonin said that the document enacts safety measures for people bicycling and moving about without a vehicle, to prevent injury and death. The Councilman went with statistics. He said that 5% of these people die when a vehicle is traveling 20 miles per hour. Also, at 40 mph rate, the fatality rate is over 80%.

Ehline Law Firm is watching this legislation closely. If you or a loved, one has become damaged contact the law firm to consult with our accomplished traffic accident attorneys.