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$500k earmarked to study Westside traffic

July 9, 2008 |  5:11 pm

In the latest chapter in the fight over Westside traffic, the Los Angeles City Council voted today to earmark $500,000 for the preparation of an environmental impact report on the plan for “preferential flow” for cars using Pico and Olympic boulevards.

            The idea has been to allow four of the six lanes on Pico to head east, and four of the six lanes on Olympic to head west, according to Lisa Hansen, spokeswoman for Councilman Jack Weiss, whose district includes both corridors.

The concept quickly became the subject of a lawsuit, which prompted a judge to order more environmental review. That review could take the rest of this year, at the least.

            The Pico-Olympic plan would also allow the city to restrict rush-hour parking on the two boulevards and time traffic signals to reduce congestion, Hansen said.

--David Zahniser