A planned roadway project in Playa del Rey will finally start before the rainy season begins thanks to the tireless efforts of Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and City staff.
The California Coastal Commission approved a Coastal Development Permit (with seven conditions) at its November 15th meeting for the Vista del Mar Bulkhead Project.
This is welcome news for constituents in the southern portion of the 11th Council District. Weather and erosion have made the Vista del Mar roadway increasingly dangerous to drive. Engineers say sections of the four lane roadway, which sits on a bluff, have collapsed. The street has been deemed structurally unsound and a threat to public safety.
“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the Bureau of Engineering,” said Rosendahl. “The department took much of this work on themselves and absorbed the costs for the initial design and application. My constituents will have a safer ride along Vista del Mar thanks to these efforts by City staff.”
A deputy City engineer says the work is critical because of the nature of the project.
“We’re really glad we are able to get these projects started berfore it rained heavily,” said Vince Jones, Bureau of Engineering. “We needed to fix the Vista del Mar roadway before it got any worse.”
The City plans to construct 5 bulkheads to reinforce portions of existing roadway that have collapsed or are in danger of collapsing, due to soil erosion. The project will include precast concrete lagging panels, piles back filling, pavement repairs, and pedestrian (42 inch high) and vehicular (18 inch) guardrails.
The area will be landscaped with native and non-invasive vegetation. The bulkheads will be colored and textured to match the surrounding sandy bluffs and the roadway will be repaired to its original condition.
There are three construction sections in this project. The first is already under construction and the next two projects will start before the end of the year.
The work is being paid for via the Capital Improvement Expenditure Program (CIEP), and is expected to cost $770,064.
Here’s a look at some other projects in the 11th District: