Monday, October 5, 2009
12:33 PM 2 comments
Below please find slides from a May 29, 2009 presentation just obtained.
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In brief, the proposal is to widen the bridge and to add two left-turn cross traffic lanes on westbound Sunset, so that drivers can merge onto the northbound freeway 405 from Sunset Blvd. Right now, drivers must take Sepulveda Boulevard to Moraga Drive to merge onto the freeway.
Let me share a few major concerns for our community as Sunset Blvd. fronts practically all of Bel~Air (and many of us live on Sunset Blvd. as well):
(1) This proposal appears to be "step one" in an effort to widen and turn all of Sunset Blvd. into a major traffic artery (more than it already is. . .) Sunset Blvd. should NEVER be made into a highway! It is primarily a residential street all the way from the Ocean to the Eastside of Beverly Hills. (As compared to Wilshire, Santa Monica, Olympic and Pico which are all commercial thoroughfares.)
(2) The two (2) proposed left turn (cross traffic) lanes on Westbound Sunset to the Northbound 405 onramp could turn Sunset Blvd. into a virtual parking lot. Have you ever seen Sunset Blvd. West of the 405 at rush hour? It is absolutely gridlocked from cars waiting to get on the 405 onramp. Right now, such traffic is diverted from Westbound Sunset onto Sepulveda. But if these new turn lanes are built - like bees to honey the cars will come - and we will have dramatically increased traffic and congestion on Sunset for miles.