Work on the street improvement project along Sepulveda Boulevard from Lincoln Boulevard to Howard Hughes Parkway in Westchester has been halted through Monday, December 1st, in compliance with the holiday moratorium that mandates stoppage of construction work on some major thoroughfares in the city during the holiday season, said Michelle Vargas, public affairs spokesperson for the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

During this time, all three lanes in both directions of Sepulveda Boulevard will be open to traffic.

Sidewalks will also be paved and open to foot traffic, except for some marked-off areas unsafe for pedestrians, such as open concrete cuts for trees and utility access points.

Vargas said that with the support of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl — who represents the 11th District — and the Westchester Business Improvement District, the Sepulveda Boulevard project was granted a temporary exemption from the holiday moratorium from Tuesday, December 2nd, through Friday, December 12th.

During the two weeks, construction crews will be back at the northbound side of Sepulveda Boulevard to continue work on traffic signals, street light poles, culverts, and the retaining wall between Manchester Avenue to 84th Place. Anticipated impacts include some lane closures along the project area.

“First, I want to thank the Westchester community for its input and thank our city crews for working during the holiday season,” said Rosendahl. “Everybody wants to see this project completed as soon as possible. Our city departments have been hard at work to make sure we get this assignment done on time and on budget.

“Having our crews working these ten extra days is just one more way we can make this a reality. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

This $8.2 million Sepulveda Boulevard improvement project broke ground in summer 2007 and will continue through next summer, said Vargas.

With the Department of Public Works and the Bureau of Engineering as construction manager, the work will widen the major transportation corridor between Lincoln Boulevard and Howard Hughes Parkway, and involve sidewalk work, median installations, landscaping, installation of right-turn lanes at strategic locations and tree plantings. The project is currently 55 percent complete, Vargas said.

For more information about the Sepulveda Boulevard improvement project as well as other projects, programs and services provided by the Department of Public Works, contact the Public Affairs Office at (213) 978-0333, pao@lacity.org/ or www.lacity.org/DPW/dpwhome .html/.

IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WORK SCHEDULE — Here is a summary of the work schedule:

— Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some weekend work will also transpire.

— Holiday moratorium (no work); Monday, November 24th, to Monday, December 1st, and Monday, December 15th, to Friday, January 2nd.

— November work: curb, gutter and sidewalk work; utility relocations; laying of temporary asphalt on traffic lane.

— December work: installation of new street light poles; traffic signal adjustments; construction of retaining wall on the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard between Manchester Avenue and 84th Place; cleanup of construction area.

During the holiday moratorium, all traffic lanes in both directions will be open. Sidewalks will also be open to pedestrian traffic.

During the holiday moratorium there may be some temporary lane closures at certain stretches of the northbound side of Sepulveda Boulevard. Some traffic signals may be temporarily interrupted, but traffic officers will be on-site to help mitigate traffic.

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