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I-710 Corridor Bike Path Project

Project at a Glance

The I-710 Corridor Bike Path Project includes three proposed bike paths that aim to serve bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users of the LA River, Rio Hondo Bike Trail, and Metro’s Blue and Green Line.

Metro is in the preliminary phase of studying these paths and seeking public input at upcoming community meetings .

Three Proposed Bike Paths: see them on a map

  • Western Levee Bike Path
    • A ten-mile Class 1 bike path from Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach to Imperial Highway in South Gate. A Class I bike path is a paved path physically separated from vehicular traffic.
    • The path is proposed within the Los Angeles Flood Control District property on the western side of the LA River.
    • The preliminary cost estimate for this path is $53 million.
    • The environmental studies for this project are anticipated to begin in June 2017. Final design and construction dates for the project will depend on funding availability.
  • Compton Bl Bike Path
    • A two-mile Class 1 bike path along Compton Bl in Compton connecting the Martin Luther King (MLK) Transit Center at the west and the LA River at the east. A Class I bike path is a paved path physically separated from vehicular traffic.
    • The path is proposed within public property.
    • The portion of the path that connects to the LA River also connects to the proposed Western Levee Class 1 Bike Path.
    • The preliminary cost estimate for this path is $15 million.
    • The environmental studies for this project are anticipated to begin in June 2017. Final design and construction dates for the project will depend on funding availability.
  • Terminal Island to Rio Hondo Bike Path
    • A seven-mile Class 1 bike path from the terminus of the Terminal Island Freeway in Long Beach to the existing Rio Hondo Bike Trail at Garfield Ave in South Gate. A Class I bike path is a paved path physically separated from vehicular traffic.
    • The path is proposed mostly within the Southern California Edison property with a portion of it in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power property.
    • The portion of the path within the LA River connects to the proposed Western Levee Class 1 Bike Path.
    • The preliminary cost estimate for this path is $49 million.
    • The environmental studies for this project are anticipated to begin in June 2017. Final design and construction dates for the project will depend on funding availability.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Agenda and meeting presentation materials will be exactly the same for all meetings.

Plan your route on the trip planner at www.metro.net

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Bret Harte Neighborhood Library
1595 W. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90810
6-8pm

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center
301 N. Tamarind Ave, Compton, CA 90220
6-8pm

Thursday, April 13, 2017
South Gate Civic Center Main Hall
8650 California Ave, South Gate, CA 90280
6-8pm


Project Background

The Long Beach Freeway (I-710) is a vital transportation artery linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to major Southern California and beyond.  As a result of population and employment growth, cargo container growth, increasing traffic volumes, rising levels of particulate matter emissions, and intensifying deterioration of the road infrastructure, the I-710 Corridor faces regional environmental and public health challenges.

In addition to motorists who travel through this corridor, there are pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users residing and/or working within the vicinity of the I-710 Corridor and affected by poor connections to areas of interest and minimal safety conditions to support non-motorized and affordable multi-modal transportation.  Metro and Caltrans are working to address these issues through the I-710 South Corridor Project, which is in the final phase of its environmental studies. However, in an effort to more directly and expediently address the broader active transportation needs of the Corridor, in 2014, the Metro Board directed staff to study the feasibility of constructing three new 8-feet bike paths and access points intended to serve bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users traveling within the I-710 Corridor. Hence the I-710 Corridor Bike Path Project was initiated.


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