City Manager Postpones Next Meeting About Orange Grove Boulevard “Road Diet,” Says City Will Reassess Approach

March 28 "Livable Orange Grove" Project Meeting Postponed

Published : Friday, March 23, 2018 | 12:24 PM

A view of a portion of the audience at the Thursday, March 22, 2018 meeting.

After Pasadena residents packed the multipurpose room at Pasadena City College’s Foothill Boulevard campus on Thursday and many voiced opposition to the city’s plan for an Orange Grove Boulevard “road diet,” Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell announced the March 28 meeting to further discuss the street’s reconfiguration has been postponed indefinitely.

Mermell said in an email Friday afternoon, “Based on the large attendance last night … and the feedback received, we are going to postpone next week’s scheduled meeting indefinitely.”

“It’s clear that while all residents want to enhance safety, the proposed road diet is likely too drastic of a change. Accordingly, city staff will be reassessing what approach we should pursue to address the safety concerns that have been raised as part of the conversations. This will involve further dialogue with residents of the area.”

Also see “Orange Grove ‘Road Diet’ Presentation Draws Heavy Opposition

Mermell also said that due to a proposed Water and Power Dept. project, street resurfacing will be delayed, which gives the city more time to decide on how to approach any reconfiguring of the street.

The Water and Power Department would install a proposed 3.5 mile water transmission line from Sunset Avenue to Sierra Madre Boulevard before any street resurfacing or restriping can be done. The pipeline construction would require about 12 months to complete.

At issue is a city plan called “Livable Orange Grove Boulevard,” which proposes a “road diet” of lane reductions for the wide eastern swath of the boulevard to reduce traffic speeds and increase safety.

The reconfiguration would have changed Orange Grove Boulevard between Lake Avenue and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue from four traffic lanes to two lanes, one in each direction, with a two-way left turn lane down the boulevard’s center, along with the buffered bike lanes.

Given delays caused by the water transmission line project, a city official said, City staff now “has an opportunity to develop greater community dialog and to work toward an approach that is more likely to be accepted by the community.”

The official said that additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

On Thursday night, audience members packed the large room, many waving opposing signs. More than 150 people filled out speaker cards requesting to speak about the plan.

Mayor Terry Tornek moderated the public discussion. City Manager Steve Mermell along with Councilmembers Margaret McAustin and Gene Masuda and numerous city employees were in attendance.

“We are grateful to all those who participated at the meeting, or made their thoughts known previously. Pasadena’s engaged and informed citizenry is one of things that makes our community so special,” Mermell said a statement Friday.

A copy of the presentation provided at yesterday’s meeting and project updates can be found at the project website located at