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Commuter Alert: PCH in Santa Monica Shrinks by a Lane

They've been warning us for some time. Today, it arrived.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Commuters on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica today began fighting what could be months of heavy traffic because of a lane closure stemming from a storm drain construction project.

  • See what people had to say about it (above) as they tweeted from and near the scene.

One of the existing three lanes in each direction was eliminated Tuesday night, with the closure slated to continue through next year to accommodate the work, according to city of Los Angeles engineers.

The closures are in effect from the California Incline to Entrada Drive, near Chautauqua Boulevard. Construction will continue on a 24-hour basis to build an expanded sewer line to divert urban runoff from canyons to the Hyperion Treatment Plant.

The center turn lane will be converted to a southbound lane during morning rush hours, and the northbound lane during evening rush hours.

PCH is commonly used as a bypass to the Sepulveda Pass for traffic between Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and about 80,000 vehicles use that section of PCH daily. Signs have been placed on the Ventura (101) Freeway and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway warning about the closures.

--City News Service


Stuart Ebert April 30, 2014 at 07:32 PM
You can thank various environmental groups like Heal the Bay and NRDC for this one. They are diverting what is mostly groundwater from natural sources up in the canyons. The water flows towards the ocean (like it always has) and picks up bacteria (from natural sources) before it enters the bay. Direct costs of 8-10 million. Indirect costs to commuters? So far one fatality/ construction worker killed in cave-in. Very similar to Lagoon restoration fiasco.
kitt sulahcat May 01, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Mr. Elbert's remarks are inaccurate and speculative. His reference to the Lagoon is gratuitous. Meow.

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