The sky above Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights is, like most places in Los Angeles, laced with a tangle of electrical, telephone, and other utility wires. Many residents view that web of overhead wires and the poles that hold them up as unsightly. Officials with the Community Redevelopment Agency have proposed removing all those wires and poles and putting those utilities underground along a 1.3-mile section of Cesar Chavez from Evergreen Avenue on the east to Warren Street on the west. Eliminating wire blight, however, is not cheap or easy. The CRA and the city Department of Water & Power estimate it will take two years of construction and about $10 million to complete the project, which would involve electric, telephone, cable and other transmission lines. On Wednesday, the City Council approved a motion that would eventually allow the DWP to begin engineering work on the project, which is a priority for Councilman and Boyle Heights resident Jose Huizar.
The funds to pay for the project would come from CRA bond money, the DWP and $2 million in federal funds that have yet to be granted.
* Correction: A previous version of this post said that the City Council approved a motion on Thursday. The vote actually took place on Wednesday.