Westchester: Rosendahl, Waters hail Sepulveda infrastructure project
For several years, residents and visitors to Westchester have noticed and complained about a stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard with buckling sidewalks and other infrastructure problems.
But soon those eyesores will be a thing of the past.
Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl attended a groundbreaking ceremony March 28 outside the Westchester YMCA for a public works initiative that will repair sidewalks of one of the Westside’s main thoroughfares, from 80th Street to 84th Place.
Rosendahl was joined by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Westchester), City Engineer Gary Lee Moore and members of the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association who have worked on the project with the council’s and Waters’ offices for several years.
Waters secured $1 million in federal funding to replace the sidewalk and plant new trees for the project.
“These sidewalks are a real threat to safety and a complete embarrassment for the city,” Rosendahl said. “But thanks to an agreement with the nearby Howard Hughes development and to Congresswoman Waters for security a grant, my constituents in Westchester will have the sidewalk they need and deserve.”
Earlier this year, city crews removed 17 ficus trees on the west side of Sepulveda, which has cleared the way for work to begin on a new sidewalk from 80th Street to 84th Place. The ficus trees will also be replaced with new ones that city officials say will cause less damage.
“Indeed, this is the first community that most travelers see upon arriving in Los Angeles, and the last one they see before they depart our city,” said Waters. “Until this project began, when tourists, business people, and Angelenos arrived at LAX, and came into the city via Sepulveda, they were greeted by the out of control ficus trees and the buckling sidewalks.
“This long-awaited project will greatly enhance the look and feel of this wonderful community for years to come and I’m sure it will be one in which we can all feel proud.”
The work is slated to begin near the end of this year or early next year.