Sunset Boulevard Lane Shift Won’t Reduce East-West Traffic Lanes

A map prepared for CIM Group that illustrates current traffic associated with the project during daytime hours.
A map prepared for CIM Group that illustrates current traffic associated with the project during daytime hours.

No lanes on Sunset Boulevard will be closed during the construction of the Sunset La Cienega project, West Hollywood city staff members confirmed yesterday.

Eastbound and westbound lanes and a left turn lane on Sunset Boulevard between La Cienega and Alta Loma will be moved ten feet north for 11 months to accommodate construction of the Sunset La Cienega project. Some residents had complained about the shift, believing that a lane would be closed, impeding traffic on the already congested boulevard.

Sharon Perlstein, the city engineer, and Lt. David Smith of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said that shifting the lanes was important to allow trucks and other construction equipment to be stationed adjacent to the project site. Constant movement of that equipment would cause bigger traffic and potential safety problems, they said.

Construction of the foundation for the project and an underground garage is expected to begin next month. During the construction period, pedestrians will have to walk on the north side off Sunset Boulevard between La Cienega and Alta Loma from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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Elyse Eisenberg
Elyse Eisenberg
5 years ago

Touché, Lynn. Thanks.

Lynn
Lynn
5 years ago

In support of Elyse Eisenberg, included is my letter to City Council and Oscar Delgado (Public Works) concerning his remarks: “While this detailed explanation appears feasible, the main point remains elusive. These “accommodations” can be described as appeasements for the unintended consequences of projects that are overly intense. The are overly intense because folks making the major decisions did not have the expertise and/or foresight to project such circumstances, thus scaling projects to a manageable size.” “While we seem to have a city staff that can adroitly design ways “out of and around” the exponential problems that continue, that is… Read more »

Elyse Eisenberg
Elyse Eisenberg
5 years ago

Henry, your heading actually IS incorrect since while you say the traffic lanes aren’t reduced – when I meant that a parking lane was eliminated and you explained how that wasn’t a lane, in fact you comment on how the actual traffic lanes ARE reduced in size to 9′ from 10′. That sounds like a reduction to me. The article also doesn’t address how this was something that should have been analyzed during the original EIR for traffic problems – which should be obvious to anyone that it will with the funneling flow and one of the most important reasons… Read more »

Elyse Eisenberg
Elyse Eisenberg
5 years ago

This is so misleading. Your headline is incorrect and needs to be fixed. No one said no TRAFFIC lanes would be closed. They ARE in fact closing a parking lane and losing 12 parking spaces by the shift north. But that was never the concern. The problem is the funneling effect the revised traffic plan creates. The fact that this new traffic flow situation was never considered or analyzed during the initial EIR analysis. That a traffic change of this nature deserves its own EIR analysis. That this is a significant change to the approval of the entitlements – which… Read more »

Henry (Hank) Scott
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5 years ago

We did, in fact, read the (lengthy) document explaining the lane shift. And the headline is correct. Parking spots are not a traffic lane, and it is parking spots that are being removed. A traffic lane is an area of a roadway, which is generally defined by some sort of line or marking, along which vehicles move. The four traffic lanes on Sunset Boulevard between Alta Loma and La Cienega — two east bound and two west bound, and the center lane which drivers enter to make left turns, will be moved 10 feet north. They will not be closed.… Read more »

Jonathan
Jonathan
5 years ago

Not one council member mentioned any concern about the loss of meter parking for all those businesses on that side of the street !! There is also no mention in the article that some of the lanes will be shrunk to a sub standard width of 9′ This should have been understood before approvals. With the size and scope of this project they could have set back the dig into the property 20′ for the needed staging. I had the same concern for the new proposed Sprouts market and even the architect could not or would not answer how they… Read more »