The City of Inglewood has been awarded $5.6 million in Federal Department of Transportation funds to initiate design work on two major street improvement projects in Inglewood.
One project entails the realignment of La Brea Avenue to remove the dogleg turn to create a more simplified intersection at three important streets, including Market Street, Spruce Avenue and La Brea Drive. La Brea Avenue between Hillcrest Boulevard and Spruce Avenue will be widened and realigned into a smooth S-shaped curve to eliminate the need for northbound motorists to make a left turn to continue along La Brea Avenue. The funds will allow the City to commence the engineering design for this project and to initiate right-of-way acquisition and construction to redesign roadway. Improving this segment of La Brea Avenue will enhance traffic flow and reduce congestion; both very important steps in the City’s ongoing programs to revitalize Downtown Inglewood.
The second project will involved the redesign of the entire three-mile Century Boulevard corridor in Inglewood between La Cienega Boulevard on the west and Van Ness Avenue on the east. The purpose of this project is to upgrade this corridor not only for better traffic movement but also particularly for improved pedestrian safety and pedestrian amenities. The scope of the proposed project includes lighted and decorative crosswalks at major intersections, handicapped-access ramps at all corners, hundreds of new street trees, landscaped parkways and wider sidewalks, landscaped street medians, new bus shelters and other upgraded street “furniture” (benches, refuse cans, information signs, etc.), and new street lights to increase sidewalk illumination. Since Century Boulevard is the primary entry into Inglewood for airport patrons and visitors to this community, special attention will be given to designing a special landscaped and decorative gateway at La Cienega Boulevard. The scope of this project is extensive and will be implemented in several phases.