A long awaited public works project that will replace overgrown trees and repair broken and buckling sidewalks along one of the Westside’s most heavily traveled corridors is underway.
Los Angeles city crews have removed 17 ficus trees on the west side of Sepulveda Boulevard from Manchester Avenue to 80th Street to pave the way for two new species of trees whose roots will cause less damage to the sidewalk, according to the Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office. The city’s Bureau of Engineering and Bureau of Street Services, in partnership with the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association, will replace the trees at a ratio of three to one.
“It’s imperative that we get to the root of our sidewalk problem and remove those ficus trees,” said Rosendahl.
“The sidewalks have become a safety hazard to both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. These new and improved sidewalks will create a safer environment and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements mandated by the United States government.”
The city will use tree species Koelreuteria bipinnata and Tabebuia impetiginosa to line what many locals call “the boulevard.”
The design plan calls for extending the street improvement and landscaping in the Westchester Town Center by seven blocks to the Howard Hughes Parkway.
“I want to thank Rep. Maxine Waters for providing the $1 million grant that made this project possible,” said the councilman. “Her dedication and commitment to this project is appreciated by the entire community.”
Waters represents Westchester in the 43rd Congressional District.
Sidewalk replacement is slated to begin this spring, which will include a meandering design feature on the west side of Sepulveda. This portion of the work will also include the new trees and landscaping.