Echo Park Improvement Association
Meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Monthin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) hasgiven an unexpected thumbs-down to design Alternative
5, the community‘s preferred design for the rebuilding of
the SR2/Freeway Terminus.In a series of public meetings in the spring of 2006,MTA showed altered versions of the Alternative 5, thedesign commissioned by the Echo Park CommunityAction Committee (EPCAC) without consultation with theEPCAC or the community. The EPCAC design calls for 2
lanes on and 2 lanes off the freeway. MTA‘s version of
Alternative 5 includes 2 lanes on to the Freeway and 3lanes off. This isnot aninsignificantdetail.As a result,MTA claims thatAlternative 5cannot beachieved unlessthe bridge isdestroyed
that extra lanethat causes this.As of thiswriting, MTAwants to totallyeliminateAlternative 5fromconsiderationand focus itsstudies onAlternative 1, 2,5B and 6A
none of whichcontain theentire package ofelements thatthe communityprefers.The MTA claimsthat building anextra freeway lane is possible only if the bridge isdestroyed, but the bridge is a key element inrevitalization of the area, and we cannot support adesign that creates an environment that supports moregridlock and fewer community amenities.
Reconstructing the Terminus with EPCAC‘s original
Alternative 5 as the guide has many positive benefits:The freeway on- and off-ramps are consolidated eastof the bridge.
The bridge surface is ―recycled‖ for use as a
community plaza, not just a walking path.Open space is created for community recreationaluse.A portion of a bikeway with links to the Los AngelesRiver and other communities would be included in theproject.
Saint Teresa‘s Church and School would experienceless noise and pollution, as the current ―north‖ off
-rampfacing the school would be eliminated.The atmosphere in the area would be improved forbusiness.Pedestrian access would be improved.We urge you support the Echo Park CommunityAction Committee and the community. Please tell MTAthat Alternative 5, the original preferred alternative,must not be eliminated as a design alternative. After sixyears of meetings and public input, it would be a terriblebetrayal if Alternative 5 and its benefits are summarilydismissed.We ask you to call or write the following people toexpress your continued support for Alternative 5 and
your displeasure with MTA‘s peremptory decision toignore the community‘s preferred choice.
Councilmember Eric Garcetti, (323) 957-4500, or email
Mitch O‘Farrell, Mitch.OFarrell@lacity.org;
Supervisor Gloria Molina, (213) 974-4111, or email tothe attention of Nicole Englund , firstname.lastname@example.org;Representative Xavier Becerra, (213) 483-1425 or emailGayle Greenberg, email@example.com.
Don‘t wait! It will take only a few minutes to show
your support for your community.
COMMUNITY PREFERS TERMINUS ALTERNATIVE 5; MTA SAYS NO
By Judith Raskin, Echo Park Community Action Committee