Westside : Comments Sought on Fox Traffic Plan

Plans to expand Fox Studios in West Los Angeles may be a boon for the network, but some residents believe the expansion could be a traffic nightmare.

Starting tonight, Westsiders will have a chance to speak their mind on the subject. People who live near Fox, at Motor Avenue and Pico Boulevard, can attend a series of meetings to suggest how the city should handle the increased traffic expected from a bigger studio.

Residents can help fine-tune a draft traffic plan, which suggests that the city install new stop signs, impose restrictions on turning from one street onto another, build speed bumps and wire new traffic signals. Fox has given $500,000 to the city to pay for the traffic improvements, said Kayne Doumani, planning deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Feuer.

Fox Studios began construction this week on a new parking structure on its lot--the beginning of an expansion project that could take 20 years, said Joan Kradin, spokeswoman for the studio.

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