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Council Finds Funds to Fill Wilshire Potholes

By Aaron Blevins, 4/18/2012

Holes Between Fairfax and Wilton are Targeted

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Wilshire Boulevard is caught in transition — the iconic boulevard is slated for major repairs in 2013, yet its disrepair can make for a bumpy and potentially costly commute.

Potholes and cracks make for a bumpy ride along Wilshire Boulevard. (photo by Aaron Blevins)

In response to resident complaints, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th District, has transferred more than $6,500 from his district’s portion of the Street Furniture Revenue Fund to the Street Services Fund for fixing potholes.

“I’m not going to wait for the Bus Rapid Transit project to restore Wilshire Boulevard to a first-class condition,” LaBonge said. “It’s a heavily-traveled and important east-west route through Los Angeles, and the people who drive it and commute via bus deserve to have a smoother ride. I will do what I can to see that happens sooner rather than later on one of our busiest boulevards.”

He said there is no exact number of potholes that will be fixed, but the goal is to cover Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Wilton avenues. The work, which will be completed by the city’s Bureau of Street Services, will include fixing pot holes, pop-outs and skin patches.

While the city’s 311 service alerts crews of potholes to fix, LaBonge said he is taking a proactive approach to the issue, as opposed to waiting for them to be reported. However, he didn’t specify if more money would be allocated for pothole fixes between now and the 2013 Bus Rapid Transit project.

No definite date for the work has been scheduled as of yet. Bureau of Street Services representatives could not provide additional information by deadline.

 

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