Improvements Coming to Wilshire Boulevard Enhance Safety and Transit Service

April 18, 2023 3:27 PM

*Update as of 5/1/23: Construction is set to begin on May 8, 2023.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Construction for safety enhancements on Wilshire Boulevard on the corridor between Ocean and Centinela Avenues is set to begin on May 1, 2023*. Developed as part of the Wilshire Safety Study, which evaluated the 2.4-mile corridor and incorporated community feedback and crash data analysis to determine the most effective and high-impact approach to enhancing transportation safety and transit service, the modifications aim to enhance safe routes to schools while also promoting pedestrian and bicycle travel to nearby establishments such as grocery stores and health care facilities.

“I am thrilled about the upcoming safety improvements to Wilshire Boulevard,” says Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis. “These changes will enhance the safety of our residents and visitors while promoting a more walkable and livable community. Santa Monica is committed to intelligent street design that promotes safety, equity, and accessibility for all modes of transportation.” 

 Planned Wilshire Boulevard improvements include:

“With these changes, the community is taking a major step toward realizing our Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatal and severe injury crashes from our streets by 2026. Additionally, we will be able to provide faster and more reliable bus service for our customers, ultimately making it easier for them to access all that Santa Monica and the Westside has to offer,” said Ed King, Director of the Santa Monica Department of Transportation. “We are committed to creating a transportation network that meets the needs of our community, and these improvements are an important step towards that goal.”

The year-long community engagement process during the Wilshire Safety Study included close to twenty presentations to neighborhood groups and schools, stakeholder meetings, on-the-street canvassing, digital outreach, and a comprehensive social media campaign. Through these efforts, 40% of public comments identified difficult crossing conditions as a concern on Wilshire Boulevard.

The improvements are part of a comprehensive initiative to make the street more friendly for pedestrians and will continue with Phase 2 next year. Phase 2 improvements are in the design stage and will focus on more permanent changes like concrete curb extensions, and improved lighting.

To learn more about the Wilshire Boulevard Safety Enhancements, visit

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