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Proposed Cordova Street Enhancements Community Meeting Scheduled

Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 10:11 am

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The City of Pasadena is hosting a community meeting and open house Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to engage the community and gather feedback about the upcoming Cordova Street Enhancements Project between Marengo Avenue and Hill Avenue.
The proposed project – from Arroyo Parkway to Hill Street – will convert the vehicular-oriented street to a complete street environment by removing two vehicular traffic lanes to accommodate for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, according to a project overview.
Once completed, the street configuration will consist of pedestrian curb extensions to shorten crossing times at all intersections, bike lanes in both directions, a painted median, and one lane of traffic in each direction. These improvements are expected to improve safety and accessibility along Cordova Street, according to the overview.
Representatives from the City and the project consultant team will be at the meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss the enhancements planned for Cordova Street, which have been on the drawing board since it was presented to the City Council by the Department of Transportation in 2014.
The project is said to be consistent with the City of Pasadena updated Mobility Element objectives that says streets should “reflect neighborhood character and accommodate all users,” such as pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit, skateboarders and scooters; reflect individual neighborhood character and needs, and support healthy activities such as walking and bicycling.
The Department of Transportation lists the objectives of the project as:

  • Reduce pedestrian crossing distance and time in the street.
  • Improve safety of non-motorized users by adding east and westbound bike lanes.
  • Enhance Cordova Street’s character by incorporating sustainable water quality features.
  • Provide critical pedestrian accessible improvements for the corridor by upgrading curb ramps to meet current ADA requirements.
  • The project will maintain or reduce vehicular speeds.
  • Provide connection to Del Mar Metro Gold Line station, businesses and homes in the South Lake District of Pasadena, as well Pasadena City College and California Institute of Technology.

Tuesday’s meeting will be at the First Methodist Church, at 500 E. Colorado Blvd. Community members may send questions or comments in advance by email to
For more information about the project, visit

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