In particular, critics have pointed to Verdugo Avenue as a prime example of sustainability measures gone too far. The city reduced the number of lanes in each direction, added a center turn lane as well as bike lanes as part of scheduled resurfacing. Traffic officials are compiling vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian counts, as well as looking at the time it takes to travel on the resurfaced road from Olive Avenue to Hollywood Way.
“I am 100% convinced that the catch-22 we describe is one of the biggest problems we face,” Rupkalvis said. “The thing of it is most of the projects cut down on traffic and make the areas more livable.”
The highest priority project should be .7-mile route that connects the Chandler Bikeway at Mariposa Street to the downtown Metrolink Station, Rupkalvis said.