SANDAG’s Mid-City Bike Corridor
This project is designed to pass through Talmadge with a two-way bike lane along the south side of Monroe from 44th Street to Collwood. In a Survey Monkey distributed in July, the community overwhelmingly supports this project.
On September 1, the community was informed by the City’s Transportation Engineering Department that they wanted SANDAG to re-design the section between Aldine and Euclid as an eastbound bike lane only on the south side, and the westbound bike lane on the north side; westbound bike travel would transition to the south side (to continue behind Hoover) via a lighted crosswalk at the top of the hill at Aldine. The Action Team is working to gain support from the community and the City to maintain the original SANDAG design for the two-way bike lane all of the way on the south side of Monroe.
Left Turns from 47th Street
The City’s Traffic Engineering Department has unilaterally reopened the left-turns from 47th Street from both the north and south sides of Monroe. The Action Team has heard from many community members that this is an unsafe condition, and the Team is working with the City to get this reversed to right turns only. This item was also overwhelmingly supported by the community via two Survey Monkey surveys.
Blighted Aldine Property
The property at 4650 Aldine Drive has been in a blighted condition for over 25 years. After many attempts to have this property cleaned up, and asking the City Attorney’s office (through complaints to Code Compliance, Fire, Police, etc.), the Judge (on Sept. 15, 2015) ordered the property owner to begin clean-up, remove the fence, and submit construction plans and obtain permits by Oct. 15. The Action Team is monitoring this property very closely and community members are attending court hearings related to the property.
As a result of problems with homeless encampments in our canyons, several residents asked the Mid-City Police Command to take action in removing these encampments. As a result, the encampments have been removed and signs placed in strategic locations along Aldine and Fairmount making it illegal to set up camp in these areas. This is being watched very closely.
In the meantime, the police department holds monthly meetings with the communities to come up with suggestions to address the homeless population. Community members attend these monthly meetings at SDPD.
Traffic Circle at 49th/Adams/Lorraine
The Action Team has been working with the City’s Traffic Engineering Dept. to bring this intersection up to the required safety standard, with raised medians to direct traffic in the correct direction. We received a design from the City on September 24, and are currently awaiting a cost estimate to complete this work.