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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lane Closures Will Impact PCH Commuters

• Planners Say Project Will Continue Until the End of 2012

BY BILL KOENEKER


Attention Pacific Coast Highway commuters: your next demon on PCH is called the Coastal Interceptor Relief Sewer Project, with construction starting, you guessed it, just before and during summertime on a stretch of the coast highway between Will Rogers State Beach and the City of Santa Monica near the Annenberg Community Beach House.
The City of Los Angeles is the lead agency for the project, which consists of construction of a 4500-foot gravity relief sewer with about 3100 feet of the sewer built under PCH and 1400 feet constructed beneath the parking lots of Will Rogers Beach and the Santa Monica Beach Club, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.
Construction is expected to start at the end of this month or early next month through the end of 2012. The work hours allowed per Caltrans permit is for Monday through Friday, some work on Saturday, from 7 am through 4 pm and night work from 9 pm to 5 am.
The potential construction impacts include reduced southbound traffic lanes throughout construction, two lanes open from 5 am to 9 pm, one lane open from 9 pm through 5 am. There are no impacts expected on the northbound side.
During the summer 2010, LADPW completed upgrades on eight low flow diversion structures, including several in the Pacific Palisades area. The LFDs divert urban runoff to the sanitary sewer system during year-round dry weather, preventing stormwater from discharging to Santa Monica Bay, except during rain events.
To handle the increased flow of stormwater from the LFDs Hyperion wastewater treatment plant, according to LADPW, the coastal interceptor relief sewer will be built to provide additional capacity to the existing interceptor sewer.
The project is funded by the Prop O Clean Water Bond passed by Los Angeles voters in 2004 appropriating $500 million for stormwater pollution prevention projects. The project cost is $10 million.

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