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Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Process

Sidewalk Repair Program Environmental Review Process

Reconnecting Los Angeles One Sidewalk at a Time

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has started the environmental review processfor the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program (proposed Project). The proposed Project would continue, amend and expand implementation of Safe Sidewalks LA over approximately 30 years to in order to make City pedestrian facilities compliant with applicable accessibility requirements. Existing sidewalks and walkways will be repaired or replaced under the proposed Project. Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed. The City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the efficient administration of the proposed Project and its objectives.

BOE has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Project and the anticipated scope of the EIR, are available for public review and comment. This phase in the environmental review process is called the “scoping period” (see figure below) and typically lasts 30 days. The scoping comment period for this proposed Project is 50 days.

Agency and public input during the scoping period will shape the scope and content of the analysis in the Draft EIR. Once completed, the Draft EIR will include the results of the technical studies the City conducted and be circulated for public and agency review and comment.

All interested parties are encouraged to visit to learn more about the proposed Project and EIR process.

Also, to submit a comment, please do one of the following:

– Online
Submit comments online at: Please be sure to include your contact information.

– Email
Email with “SRP” as the subject. Please also include your name, a valid mailing address, and telephone number in the email so we may contact you if we have any questions regarding your comment. This information will also allow us to add you to our mailing list so you can learn when the Draft EIR becomes available.

– Mail
You can mail written comments to:

Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I
Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Environmental Management Group
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please be sure to submit your comment(s) by the end of the scoping period on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Safe Sidewalks LA

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The City of Los Angeles has launched an unprecedented sidewalk repair program, SAFE SIDEWALKS LA, which will invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to make sidewalks accessible to everyone.

These repairs will improve neighborhood safety and boost the quality of life. Sidewalk repairs are being made in front of city facilities and this next phase is an expansion of the repair program that will address broken sidewalks throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Safe Sidewalks LA includes:

*Access Request Program: People with a mobility disability who encounter physical barriers due to broken sidewalks, broken/missing curb ramps or other barriers in the public right of way can request a repair.

*Rebate Program: A limited-time rebate for eligible property owners willing to pay for their own sidewalk repairs and get them fixed in an accelerated time. Owners can receive up to $2,000 for a residential lot or $4,000 for a commercial lot. The rebate program will be available for three years.

*Also, public can report a sidewalk in need of repair.

To submit a sidewalk request or for more information on Safe Sidewalks LA, go to: or call 3-1- 1.

Bureau of Street Services (BSS) Street Talk Newsletter

Street Services Blitz

BSS Street Talk Newsletter

The Bureau Supports Trojans
bss-1On Saturday, November 23rd the Bureau’s Investigation and Enforcement Division helped with the permitting of USC’s last home football game. Held at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the USC Trojans beat Notre Dame during the rainy day. While the USC football season comes to an end at the Coliseum, the Division will still be present at permitted events near the college campus to ensure public safety and enforce permit requirements.

How Stump Removal Works
bss-2How are tree stumps removed from the ground?Before modern-day technology, street services would manually dig out the stumps from the ground with picks and shovels. While this was effective, it was time consuming and very labor intensive. Today, the Urban Forestry Division employs the use of the stump-removal ma-chine. This machine grinds stumps into small wood chips and turns the soil. The area is then ready for a new tree to be planted.

Keeping LA Clean and Green
With a fleet of over 1,700 pieces of equipment, the Bureau of Street Services provides quality street services in an effective and efficient manner. In collaboration with the General Services Department, the Bureau staff recently traveled to the Elgin Sweeper Company in Illinois to inspect the new street sweepers that will soon replace the old equipment. These new motor sweepers use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for power, reducing the need for fossil fuels. The Bureau continues to be the nation’s leader in sustainable practices for street sweeping with 135 CNG sweepers.

bss-3Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project
The Bureau of Street Services has joined forces with Council District 11 and its community to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. On September 19th, construction for the Entrada Drive Pedestrian Improvement Project began. Funded by the Highway Safety Improvement program, the project will create a six foot wide sidewalk along Entrada Drive from Almafi Drive to Adelaide Drive. Not only will the project include a new sidewalk, but also new curb ramps, a retaining wall and crosswalks. These new designated pedestrian crossings will further enhance the area’s safety. The Bureau’s Special Projects and Engineering Divisions are proud to be involved in the process for creating these improvements in Council District 11.

LAPD & Bureau of Street Services

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LAPD & Bureau of Street Services Team Up!

To keep the Bureau on the cutting edge of pavement preservation, the Street Resurfacing Division performed quality control training at the LAPD Edward M. Davis Training Facility on August 3rd. Crews repaved LAPD’s training facility while learning how to operate state-of-the-art technology for profiling and paving. With machinery from Caterpillar Inc., the Bureau’s crews will now utilize new sensor technology that allows them to pave smoother streets. The Bureau is proud to invest in employee training as their refined skills will benefit Los Angeles drivers greatly.

Clean Streets LA Challenge

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Clean Streets LA Challenge

Hello NC Public Works Liaisons and Neighborhood Clean-Up Leaders!

The Board of Public Works is asking for Neighborhood Councils’ help in cleaning up our neighborhoods by announcing the below Clean Streets LA Challenge! Mayor Eric Garcetti, the City Council, the Innovation & Performance Commission, the Board of Public Works, and theDepartment of Public Works have come together to make available the opportunity to join a very rewarding partnership. Please take the time to read and share this awesome opportunity and consider joining the thousands of volunteers working towards cleaning up our beautiful city.

Also, please take a look at the many resources that Public Works Liaisons have at their disposal to engage with public works issues by clicking here: Public Works Liaisons. This web page was developed to help NCs better access information, resources, and city leadership as it relates to cleaning up our neighborhoods and tapping into valuable resources that the Department of Public Works provides to Angelenos. Click here for more information: Public Works Liaisons

Join the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

Do you care about keeping your streets clean but don’t have the resources or information about how to make a difference? According to the Clean Streets Index, do you live or work on a street with a “cleanliness score” that needs improving? The Clean Streets LA Challenge is the ultimate civic experience for you! The Challenge provides:

  • Information on how to maximize City resources in your community
  • Networking opportunities with key Clean Streets LA stakeholders
  • Training on how to host Clean Streets LA events in your neighborhood
  • Assistance in developing a Clean Streets LA community plan
  • Access to a Clean Streets LA cash prize to fund community clean-ups

Interested Neighborhood Councils and other organizations that attend workshops will receive guidance on how to prepare and execute a Clean Streets LA Community Partnership plan, and may be selected to receive Clean Streets LA financial awards to support your efforts.
Clean Streets LA Challenge workshops will be hosted throughout the summer, and the challenge runs until the end of the year.

In order to meet upcoming deadlines, we are requesting that each Neighborhood Council, Alliance, and NC committees agendize this item for discussion and action at your June and July meetings.We want you to take full advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with community groups and be eligible for cash prizes.

Find out if you have what it takes to complete the Clean Streets LA Challenge!

To read the Mayor’s Press Release on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge please click here.

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