Temple St
Safety Improvements

It’s Time For a Safer Temple St

Since 2009, 5 people were killed and 18 people were severely injured traveling on Temple St. between Beverly Blvd. and Beaudry Ave.

This portion of Temple was identified as a High-Injury Network Priority Corridor in the City of Los Angeles’ first ever Vision Zero Action Plan, published in 2017. Vision Zero uses collision data to prioritize safety improvements aimed at ending preventable traffic deaths by 2025.

About the Project

This comprehensive safety improvement project includes new speed feedback signs, crosswalks with flashing signals, leading pedestrian intervals, curb extensions, protected left turns, and bus stop relocation. The project will reallocate the street from two vehicle lanes in each direction to either one lane in each direction with a two-way center turn lane and bicycle lanes. The project is expected to calm traffic on neighborhood streets, reduce speeds and increase safety for everyone traveling on the street.

Neighborhood Input

  • On May 8, LADOT presented at the Wilshire Center Neighborhood Council Meeting to share information about the project and solicit feedback.
  • Between Tuesday, June 20 and Saturday, June 24, LADOT teamed up with community organizations LA Walks, Gabba Gallery, the Pilipino Workers Center, and Public Matter to produce “Temple Street Slow Jams” a Vision Zero traffic safety education campaign and creative installation on Temple Street between Virgil and Beaudry. On Saturday, June 24, the community organizations hosted a culminating event at Temple Seafood Market/Dollar Hits. LADOT was on site to share proposed traffic-safety improvements for the street and solicit community feedback.
  • A Public Hearing was held for this project on July 12, 2017 at Echo Park Recreation Center. A public hearing officer was present to record comments into the public record. The project boards above (“Let’s Improve Temple St to Save Lives”) were on display at the Public Hearing and reflect community input gathered at the May neighborhood council and June traffic safety education event.

What’s next?

Project installation is scheduled for fall 2017.