Fresh renderings show off South LA’s future bike and pedestrian path

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New designs are out for sections of the Rail-to-River bike and pedestrian path planned to connect Metro’s Crenshaw, Silver, and Blue lines and eventually link up to the LA River.

A Metro presentation on the project, seen on Streetsblog LA, details a few keys sections of the 6.4-mile-long path, which will stretch roughly from its starting point at the Crenshaw Line’s future Fairview Heights station to the Blue Line’s Slauson station. (There’s another section that’s planned that stretches into either Huntington Park, Vernon, Maywood, or Bell, and that would be the part of the path that links to the LA River, as well as the bike path to Long Beach.)

The Slauson section’s designs so far envision a separate walking path and two-way bike path. New lighting, trees, and street furniture are planned, as well as bioswales to collect and filter stormwater runoff.

A rendering of how the project would change the Slauson Corridor.
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The Hyde Park/Chesterfield section is slightly different, with a bioswale separating the spaces for pedestrians and cyclists. Security cameras and emergency telephones would be spaced out throughout the area.

The Hyde Park/Chesterfield Square segment of the route.

Where the route goes under the 110 Freeway, underpass improvements are planned, like bright lights. The two-way bike path and a separate walking path continue through the underpass.

The design for the portion of the route where it passes under the 110 Freeway and the Silver Line stop.

The project is scheduled to be complete in 2019, which is the same time the Crenshaw Line is expected to open. Streetsblog says Metro plans to break ground by the middle of next year.

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