It turns out that L.A.’s street and sidewalk repairs may not be completed in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics. Earlier this month, Council members Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino introduced a motion to speed up the city’s ongoing efforts to fix its roadways and buckled sidewalks. They pointed out that 38 percent of the city’s 8,700 lane miles of city streets still have failing grades of D or F. It turns out that the city has only just begun on a $1.4 billion plan to fix sidewalks over the next three decades. Councilman Englander stated,
With the Olympics only 10 years away, we need a plan now detailing how we’re going to get our City’s infrastructure in shape for the games. The voters of Los Angeles have given us an incredible opportunity to fix our broken streets and sidewalks and to do so in a timely manner. The revenues are there, it’s up to us to make a game plan and execute.
The council members believe they can potentially get funding from the countywide Measure M, a sales tax hike approved by voters in 2016, as well as a state senate bill that increased the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon to fund highway and street repairs. Los Angeles won the bid to host the 2028 Olympics last year after Paris was awarded the 2024 Olympics. Los Angeles has previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984. Hopefully, the city is able to speed up the repairs for the start of the Olympics.