PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Welcomes Sustainable Sidewalks to Council District Four

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering completed the first sidewalk made from sustainable materials in Council District Four. The sidewalk, on the Clayton Avenue side of Fire Station 35 at 1601 North Hillhurst Avenue, was made with fully permeable pavers, which features 48 percent post-consumer recycled content. The pavers are 100 percent permeable, allowing water to soak through to ground soil and replenish soil aquifers, rather than run off into the street. This project marks the first in a pilot championed by Councilmember Ryu to use eco-friendly materials in repairing and replacing sidewalks across the City of Los Angeles.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 18, 2018

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Councilmember Ryu Welcomes Sustainable Sidewalks to Council District Four

The new Los Feliz sidewalk use porous, eco-friendly material

 

Los Angeles -- Today, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering completed the first sidewalk made from sustainable materials in Council District Four. The sidewalk, on the Clayton Avenue side of Fire Station 35 at 1601 North Hillhurst Avenue, was made with fully permeable pavers, which features 48 percent post-consumer recycled content. The pavers are 100 percent permeable, allowing water to soak through to ground soil and replenish soil aquifers, rather than run off into the street. This project marks the first in a pilot championed by Councilmember Ryu to use eco-friendly materials in repairing and replacing sidewalks across the City of Los Angeles.

“This is one small step for Los Feliz, but a giant leap forward for the future of sidewalks in Los Angeles,” Councilmember Ryu said. “These sidewalks are built with the local environment in mind, and show how Los Angeles can be a leader in innovative infrastructure in the 21st century.”

The porous pavers sidewalk mitigates erosion by allowing rainwater to permeate the sidewalk, rehydrate the soil and return water to underground aquifers. It is a break from traditional sidewalk construction, which uses non-porous concrete and forces rainwater to collect on the sidewalk surface, contributing to runoff and flooding. The new alternative materials sidewalk is a part of a pilot led by Councilmember Ryu with a motion introduced on January 13, 2016. The pilot, which calls upon the City to address its nearly 11,000 miles of broken sidewalks in an innovative and sustainable way, passed City Council as a report on March 30, 2016. The report not only calls for more water-conscious sidewalks, but sidewalks made from recycled materials that last longer and create less waste.

The Bureau of Engineering is the lead agency for the City’s 30-year, $1.4 billion sidewalk repair program and is evaluating five categories of materials, including plastic sidewalk panels, rubber materials and pavers, cementitious pavers, pervious concrete, and alternatives to Portland Cement Concrete.

“The Bureau of Engineering is committed to determining the most sustainable materials available,” said Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer. “This pilot program will provide the City with valuable information on possible alternatives to concrete as we repair sidewalks throughout Los Angeles.”  

“Imagine sidewalks like these City-wide,” Councilmember Ryu said. “A City of stronger, longer-lasting and more sustainable sidewalks. A City that uses materials responsibility and returns more water to the soil. A City that works with the land it’s built on - not against it.”

Read Councilmember Ryu’s Sustainable Sidewalk Repair motion here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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