The City of Los Angeles has selected Harris & Associates to provide design and engineering support services for two major initiatives: the 7th Street Improvement Project and bringing sidewalks into compliance with ADA requirements.
The City Bureau of Engineering (BOE) Street Program has partnered with Harris to complete the planning, pre-design, and design, for the 7th Street Streetscape Improvement Project, from Figueroa Street to Alameda Street.
This high-profile project includes creating a protected bicycle path along 7th Street and enhancing connectivity by extending a section of the street from the I-110 Freeway to the Los Angeles River. 7th Street will be an artery to join many diverse communities of downtown Los Angeles. Because this project will affect many downtown travelers, Harris and public information specialists KPA have already established a communication approached tailored to the downtown community, centered on proactive engagement.
“It’s always rewarding when you can help a city improve access, safety, and the overall experience for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike,” said John Kuprenas, Division President of Harris’ design and engineering practice, "We are proud to be a part of this effort, it is consistent with the Harris shared value of building stronger communities and, we love LA!"
Also, for decades, the City of Los Angeles (City), led by the Bureau of Street Services (BSS), has struggled to keep up with much-needed improvements of broken sidewalks and missing curb ramps that impact the quality of life for residents from the San Fernando Valley to the South Bay. Now, the City is embarking on a 30-year, $1.4 billion program to repair and upgrade sidewalks to meet current ADA requirements.
Acting as an extension of BSS staff, Harris will promptly address design challenges and provide as-needed support to BSS, reporting directly to the Project Management Team.
“We’re excited to provide innovative solutions for the Sidewalk Repair and Pavement Protection Programs,” said Kuprenas. “We have decades of experience related to ADA compliance, which we’ll apply to improve curb ramps, sidewalks, gutters, and driveway approaches.”