Playa del Rey safe street project changing after complaints about gridlock


Gridlock and road rage. A project designed to make streets safer by calming traffic in Playa del Rey is having the opposite effect on drivers.They say it's causing more congestion and starting this weekend more changes to the roads will be made.

Those new changes include changing some things back to what they were originally. that's right after residents complained and even started petitions because for some in Playa del Rey,  the changes happened overnight.

"We woke up and lanes were gone," said Playa del Rey resident John Russo.

Two lane streets on Vista Del Mar have been restriped and taken down to one lane, with bicycle lanes and parking added.

"What I'm seeing is traffic backed up thru my town pretty much all hours of the day.There's always a stream of cars out here on Culver, on Jefferson, on Vista Del Mar," said Russo.

The changes are part of the city's Safe Street Project which is designed reduce serious traffic fatalities, collisions and injuries and make places like downtown Playa del Rey more walkable, according to Councilmember Mike Bonin.

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But now those who live and work in the area saying instead of creating a safe space,  the changes have caused a nightmare

 "Traffic was very good before," said Krissy who works in the area and volunteered to show us how bad she believes things have become.

"You were able to walk you were able to park and now you are not able to do anything, you just have to sit here and take it," she said while driving on Vista Del Mar.

John Russo, decided to fight back against the changes, encouraging people to let the Council member  know that weren't happy. Bonin says he listened.

 "A pilot program is something that you try and modify and change. So we we've had it for 4-6 weeks. This the first set of changes and modifications we're doing. There will be more."

LADOT will now restore a second lane on Culver Boulveard between Nicholson and Jefferson.

"Which is a start, we don't think it address most of our concerns. It's not addressing the safety concerns, it's not addressing the traffic. I don't think it's going to do much for commute times," said Russo.

So what's the price tag of to make changes and then undo them?

Councilmember Bonin didn't give a monetary amount, just saying this was part of LA DOT's budget and is inexpensive.

Bonin also saying the community will have a chance weigh in at a community meeting on July 29th at LMU.



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