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Malibu News

Progress In The PCH Relief Sewer Project
Posted by Megan Perry on Aug 21, 2011 - 8:25:46 PM

MALIBU—The $10 million Coastal Interceptor Relief Sewer project is almost finished on the Pacific Coast Highway, and construction in the beach parking lots will soon take place. Currently, the construction takes place between Temescal Canyon Road and Entrada Drive.

Completion of the northern part of the project is expected to be in September, then construction should soon begin on the southerly end of the project in the Will Rogers State Beach parking lots, near the Annenberg Beach House. Then at the end of September the rails that block off one of the highway’s lanes will be taken out during the day, leaving all the lanes open and reducing traffic. During the night, the lanes will still be reduced down to one lane between the hours of 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Courtesy: City of L.A., Department of Public Works

The July 2011 Proposition O Clean Water Act’s monthly progress report states the project is 41 percent completed and has a master scheduled construction completion date of October 2012. During the busy summer season, construction has not taken place in the parking lots from mid-May to Labor Day. The on-going construction of the PCH southbound lanes should cease sometime next month, but there will be a loss of and limited access to beach parking. The purpose of the relief sewer is to give the already existing Coastal interceptor sewer more capacity to handle the increased flows of storm water from the low flow diversion to the Hyperion Wastewater Treatment plant.

The city upgraded eight LFD structures, which diverts urban runoff to the sanitary sewer system in the year-round dry season. Diverting the runoff prevents storm water from draining into the Santa Monica Bay, except in the event of heavy rains. The CIRS will help the city to comply with the Santa Monica Bay beaches dry weather bacteria total maximum daily load, along with the other Proposition O funded projects.

The sewer will be approximately 3,100 feet-long on the PCH, and another 1,400 feet will be built in Will Rogers State Park’s beach parking lots and the Santa Monica Beach Club.
There has been a detour provided for bicyclists that would need to ride through the construction zone. Also, there is signage to mark the bicycle path’s access points. The pedestrian tunnel at West Channel Road remains open throughout the construction.

Courtesy: City of L.A., Department of Public Works

This project is funded by the Proposition O Clean Water Bond that voters approved in 2004, which gave the City of Los Angeles the authority to issue a series of general obligation bonds of up to $500 million. This money funds the projects taking place on the PCH, and others, that would help to protect the public health by cleaning up pollution in the city’s rivers, lakes and beaches, along with protecting the water’s quality.

The hours of work are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., and also some Saturdays.


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