Work Starts on Transformation of Spring and Main Streets
Work has begun on a $1.9 million transformation of Main and Spring streets in the Historic Core and Civic Center. When the multi-phase project is complete, access for pedestrians and bicycles will be enhanced.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation launched the project with upgrades to some southbound lanes of Spring Street. Overall, the work will make crosswalks more visible, create new signals for cyclists and facilitate left turns.
The upgrades will be on Spring between First and Ninth streets and Main between Cesar Chavez Avenue and Ninth Street. LADOT will also move bike lanes from the right side of Spring and Main streets to the left. That will clear up conflicts with buses loading and unloading on the right side of the street, according to Oliver Hou, a spokesman for LADOT.
“Spring and Main are one way,” Hou said. “That hopefully eliminates the conflict.”
The new bike lanes will be “protected,” meaning they will be adjacent to the curb, while parking spots will be moved off the curb and instead placed closer to traffic, separated by vertical barriers.
Currently, bike lanes on Spring and Main have no physical separation from traffic, and are simply denoted by being painted green.