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The Glendale Freeway (SR-2) was originally planned and constructed in 1959 to connect with the Hollywood Freeway (US-101) through the neighborhoods of Silver Lake and Echo Park. In 1962, as a result of local community opposition, the full build-out plan was rescinded and construction was terminated at the present SR-2 terminus near Glendale Bl and Duane St. Since then, commuter traffic coming of and on to SR-2 has passed through the community, primarily along Glendale Bl and Alvarado St and has contributed to congestion. A Federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and a High Priority Highway Project Authorization grant were provided to upgrade the southern terminus of SR-2 and help manage the flow of traffic and address safety concerns.

The purpose of this project is to develop a balanced transportation system that better serves local and regional transportation needs through improved management of traffic flow; enhanced pedestrian and non-motorized accessibility and safety at the SR-2 terminus; and creation of a context sensitive designed community open space in the immediate vicinity.

On December 10, 2009, the Metro Board of Directors authorized completing the required environmental analysis and preliminary engineering of a Hybrid Alternative for inclusion in the Final Environmental Document. The proposed Hybrid Alternative addresses issues and concerns raised during the public comment period and includes several new elements such as retaining the existing flyover connector for southbound Glendale Bl traffic, installing a ramp meter on the existing flyover connector operating during peak hours, enhancing end-of-freeway traffic control devices to slow down off-peak traffic flow, etc. The Final Environmental Document was approved in December 2010 with a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The Hybrid Alternative is recommended to Caltrans as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), inclusive of the proposed improvements that enhance vehicular and pedestrian safety and provides an opportunity to create an open space in the SR-2 terminus project area.

The next phase of the project includes preparing the Phase I Plans, Specifications and Engineering (PS&E). Caltrans is utilizing the TEA -21 earmark funds for the PS&E which started in February 2012. Phase 1 will be split into two phases, Phase 1A and Phase 1B.

Phase 1A construction was completed in November 2013. Safety related improvements included: speed feedback sign, lane restriping and replacement of freeway signage.

Phase 1B improvements include installation of ramp meter on the approach to the flyover, extend existing median on Glendale Bl, replace lighting under the Glendale Bl bridge, repair sidewalks, retrofit ADA ramps, add crosswalks at several intersections and construct soundwalls. The open space area between the flyover ramp and the back of the Glendale Bl sidewalk will be re-landscaped to improve its appearance. Final design for Phase 1B is concurrent with Phase 1A; however, due to its more complex scope of work, construction is anticipated to begin in Winter 2014/2015.

Phase 2 includes the realignment of the southbound off-ramp east of the bridge (adjacent to the northbound on-ramp), demolition of the existing diamond configured off-ramp and sidewalk, and construction at the ramps on Glendale Bl. This phase of the project is currently not funded; therefore, final design will begin after funding is programmed for this work.

Caltrans began the PS&E in February 2012.

Phase IA will deliver some safety related improvements earlier. Phase 1A construction was completed in November 2013.

Phase 1B is expected to be completed Winter 2015/2016 and construction is expected to begin in winter Winter 2014/2015.

Project Schedule *

Complete Environmental Analysis Phase December 2010
Complete Final Engineering Phase 1A Fall 2012
Complete Final Engineering Phase 1B Fall 2013
Complete Construction Phase 1A Nov 2013
Start Construction Phase 1B Winter 2014/2015
Complete Construction Winter 2015/2016

* Preliminary Schedule, subject to change.

During the alternatives analysis and environmental studies Metro and Caltrans studied six alternatives ranging from the full removal of the bridge and flyover to a No-Build Alternative. Metro conducted extensive community outreach and valuable input was received from the local community and elected officials throughout the study process. In December 2009, the Metro Board of Directors considered all the competing technical, environmental and community inputs and approved a Hybrid Alternative to move forward for preliminary engineering and final design. This Hybrid Alternative combines the best features from the range of alternatives considered and addresses the projects Purpose and Need Statement: To better manage the traffic and improve safety in the area. The Hybrid Alternative retains the existing flyover connector for southbound Glendale Bl traffic.

Components of the Hybrid Alternative include the following:

  • Install ramp meter on existing flyover connector to operate during off peak hours Phase 1B)
  • Speed feedback signs (Phase 1A/1B)
  • Realignment of the southbound lanes approaching the terminus beginning at the Route 5/Route 2 interchange, including improved delineation and signage (Phase 2)
  • Relocation of the off-ramp from the west side of the flyover to the east side of the flyover adjacent to the existing on-ramp with right turn only for traffic destined for northbound Glendale Bl (Phase2)
  • Removal of the sidewalk on the east side of Glendale Bl between Allesandro St and the Glendale/Waterloo/Fargo intersection (Phase 2)
  • Reconfiguration of the northbound Glendale Bl approach to the on-ramp to accommodate the installation of a half-signal for the relocated off-ramp (Phase 2)
  • Minor modification of the Glendale/Waterloo/Fargo intersection based on the removal of the off-ramp from that intersection (Phase 2)
  • Availability of excess land generated by the relocation of the off-ramp for future development of community open space (Phase 2)
  • Remaining half of existing Glendale Bl overcrossing structure available as future connecting pathway for non-motorized transportation use (Phase 2)
  • Soundwall installation along edge of R/W within the identified limits of the freeway portion of the route (Phase 1B)
  • Add barrier and extensive landscape improvements within the median of SR-2 from Route 5 to the terminus (Phase 2)
  • Place enhanced crosswalks and intersection paving at the intersections of Glendale Bl/Allesandro St and Waterloo/Fargo St (Phase 1B)

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