As a condition of receiving an $ 18 million federal grant to improve safety in South Los Angeles, city council on Tuesday authorized its transportation department to tell its federal counterpart that it will seek additional funds to complete the scope of work.
The project will improve the Broadway corridor in the neighborhoods of Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price. According to Harris-Dawson, it is one of the most dangerous in the region in terms of deaths and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists.
On February 27, USDOT made funds available for transportation projects “of national and regional significance that will result in well-paying jobs, improve safety, apply transformative technology, and explicitly address climate change and l ‘racial equity’.
In March, LADOT submitted a request for a $ 45 million grant matched with $ 64.5 million from state, local and other eligible funding sources for the South Los Angeles Community Infrastructure Resilience Zone project.
The proposal for this project included safe road infrastructure, community mobility infrastructure and digital mobility infrastructure.
Last Thursday, the USDOT told Los Angeles it could receive a reduced grant of $ 18 million if the city limits the project to the safe road infrastructure component and guarantees completion. The city will need to allocate $ 13 million in the coming years to complete the project.
On Monday, city staff met with USDOT and agreed to move forward pending approval from the mayor and city council, the latter of which was received at Tuesday’s council meeting. The motion was presented orally because the matter was brought to the attention of Council after the posting of the meeting agenda.
The city intends to use a mix of local funds to complete the work, potentially including SB1 funds, Measure M funds, Measure R funds, Proposal C funds and more.
“We want to thank the Department of Transportation, they worked with our council team as well as District 9 to work on a grant for the Broadway Hallway, one of our deadliest hallways in terms of death and injury. pedestrians and cyclists, ”Harris- says Dawson. “We asked for $ 45 million. The Department of Transport is ready to reward $ 18 million. We have to certify that we can still do the job for the reduced amount. The announcement will be (tomorrow) morning, which is why we have to vote this morning. “