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Warner Center Street Closure for Transit Hub Criticized

Warner Center Street Closure for Transit Hub Criticized By SLAV KANDYBA Staff Reporter The closure of Owensmouth Avenue between Oxnard and Erwin streets by the city Department of Transportation is drawing fire from the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council. All lanes of the street were closed May 15 as workers began building the Warner Center transit hub, a $4 million project of the L.A. Department of Transportation. The street will remain closed through November 17, said Helene Jacobs, project manager for LADOT. “Most of the board members don’t like what the city decided to do,” said Gordon Murley, vice chair of the neighborhood council and president of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Association. “One of the problems they have is that they greatly constricted traffic on Erwin and Owensmouth.” But Jacobs said LADOT addressed concerns by providing detours via Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. “The closure there of course inconveniences people,” she said. “We’ve had many conversations with the neighborhood council and basically we’ve provided for detours in order to get this project built.” The transit hub will serve as the terminus for the Metro Orange Line busway that will traverse the Valley floor as well as other bus routes. The $4 million price tag is being paid by federal funds, the city and state money.

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