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Mayor's Working Group To Transform 20 Roadways Into 'Great Streets'

LOS ANGELES ( — Nearly two dozen streets and other roadways in Los Angeles may soon be getting a makeover under an effort launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Garcetti's "Great Streets Program" will partner with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, as well as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to focus on specific improvements for defined corridors throughout the city, according to an executive order issued by the mayor's office.

The working group will be tasked with identifying 20 potential streets for refurbishment and other upgrades, including street art, improved benches, and more attractive destinations.

Los Angeles boasts 6,500 centerline miles of roadways that cover 13 percent of the city's overall land area, making it the largest municipal street system in the United States, according to Garcetti's office.

Garcetti told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the group will also seek to improve coordination between various departments involved in street projects.

Mayor Eric Garcetti

"No more Bureau of Street Services paving a street on Monday, DWP digging it up on Tuesday," Garcetti said. "Let's also combine a DWP pipe project with some street furniture funds and with a sidewalk repair project all at the same time."

Construction efforts could start within 18 months, according to the mayor's office.

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