“It’s a great day for Larchmont,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge as he and neighborhood leaders dug the first shovelful of dirt to signify installation of new medians on the north section of the boulevard.
Two weeks following the Aug. 12 groundbreaking, Bureau of Street Services crews were digging the trench for the first of three medians, officially titled Larchmont Boulevard Medians Phase II.
The project is designed to transform the northern portion of Larchmont Blvd. with eight-feet-wide landscaped medians to be installed between Melrose Ave. and Rosewood Ave. The first median will contain a gateway monument similar to the one installed at south Larchmont Blvd. and Third St.
That median project was funded, designed and constructed a decade ago from First to Third St. and was spearheaded by LaBonge’s current chief of staff Carolyn Ramsay.
The projects calm traffic, prevent illegal U-turns, and increase pedestrian safety, said the Councilman. They also create a greener, cooler environment by adding landscape and street trees to clean the air and reduce the temperature of the street, said LaBonge
“With this effort, we can finally connect both ends of Larchmont Blvd. and better celebrate Larchmont Village, which is Los Angeles’s best-kept secret,” he added.
The project is expected to be completed in fall 2013. It was awarded grant funds as a part of the 2009 Metro Call for Projects. Community groups also contributed funding, including the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society, the Windsor Square Association and the Hancock Park Garden Club.
Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association has agreed to maintain the new medians.
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