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ROAD DIET BRIDGES A BARRIER, BOOSTS SAFETY
The reconstruction of a section of La Jolla Boulevard and traffic calming on nearby streets yielded substantial safety benefits and spurred economic development in Bird Rock, San Diego.
The project was designed to transform a wide, automobile-oriented thoroughfare into a pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood center.
Travel lanes were reduced from five to two while adding five modern roundabouts, improved sidewalks, medians, landscaping, and increased angle parking. Traffic calming measures were installed on less busy side and parallel streets to avoid potential traffic diversion. Parallel-street improvements included installation of four traffic circles. Diagonal parking is included on the west side of La Jolla Boulevard, and parallel parking on the east side.