Sewer Line Construction Is Impacting PCH Motorists
• Project May Provide Advance Sense of Effect Local Construction Might Have
BY BILL KOENEKER
Malibu city officials issued a warning last Friday about the start of construction on a new wastewater pipe along Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades that began this week on Monday which will intermittently impact southbound traffic
All of this week, workers have closed up to two southbound lanes along PCH between Entrada Drive and the Annenberg Community Beach House at night.
One southbound lane will remain open at all times, no impacts to the northbound traffic are expected. All traffic lanes will reopen in time for the morning rush hour.
Work impacting highway traffic will cease temporarily for one month until sewer installation begins on April 11, according to Malibu city officials.
The City of Los Angeles is the lead agency for the project, which consists of construction of a 4500-foot-long gravity relief sewer with about 3100 feet of the sewer built on PCH and 1400 feet in the parking lots of Will Rogers Beach and the Santa Monica Beach Club, according to the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works.
The potential construction impacts include reduced southbound traffic lanes throughout construction, two lanes open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., one lane open from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m.
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, 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 storm water pollution prevention projects. The project cost is $10 million.
Commuters are asked to help facilitate the work by using caution, having patience and obeying posted speed limits. Traffic fines are double in the construction area.