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Delays Expected on Vista Del Mar For Several Weeks

Apr 01, 2021 08:31PM ● By Dig Mb Staff
The city of Manhattan Beach is urging residents to avoid Vista del Mar and find alternate routes for their commutes in the next two to three weeks.

Beginning on Monday, April 5, 2021, the city of Los Angeles will begin emergency slope stabilization work on Vista del Mar that will require a 1.7-mile southbound lane closure for approximately two to three weeks.

The lane closure will be located in the right, southbound lane of Vista del Mar between Imperial Highway (south) and Waterview Street (north) for 24 hours per day, Monday through Friday. No impacts will be made to the northbound lanes.

The emergency work is needed due to erosion caused by rain that has impacted the safety and stability of the roadway. At three sites, erosion gullies have undermined the southbound right lane and locally removed soils supporting the roadway resulting in an unsafe condition.

Due to the unsafe condition, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering recommended emergency repairs be performed as soon as possible to restore support to the roadway and reduce erosion.

"This is not the City of L.A.'s 'Road Diet Part 2,'" said Manhattan Beach Councilmember Richard Montgomery in a social media post. "If it was, I would be calling John & Ken AM Radio KFI to kick L.A. in the teeth again!"

Four years ago, the city of Los Angeles closed down two out of four lanes on Vista del Mar as part of a "road diet" aimed at encouraging safety for motorists, cyclists, and beach-bound pedestrians; and to curb use of the street as a commuter thoroughfare. Those unannounced closures drew a sharp outcry across the South Bay, including Manhattan Beach. Within a matter of weeks, Los Angeles city officials reopened the lanes.

For additional information and questions regarding the current project, the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineer Public Affairs Office may be contacted at 310-978-0333. 


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