Pacific Palisades News
Next Phase of Temescal Cyn. Project to Begin
By Damian Kelly
May 10, 2012 - 2:03:17 PM

PACIFIC PALISADES—The next phase to construct a storm water diversion structure on Temescal Canyon Road is scheduled to begin later this month and continue through October. This construction phase is part of a two-year $8 million project to help the City of Los Angeles remove bacteria and other pollutants from urban runoff from reaching Will Rogers State Beach and other adjacent coastal waters.

Excavation and installation of shoring for the detention tank will take place with operating hours of Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm and some weekend work possible, according to the project’s official website,  The park’s play area and restrooms have been closed as part of the project and will be replaced.

An artist's rendering of the new Temescal Canyon Park. Photo courtesy City of L.A.
This phase of the project will coincide partially with the summer break for Palisades High School to minimize traffic impact.  K-rail and traffic lane shifts will be implemented during this period to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.

Potential traffic impacts have been detailed on the project’s website which is urging motorists to plan accordingly while traveling on Temescal Canyon Road.  Going uphill, two traffic lanes will remain open at all times.  Meanwhile, approximately 1100 feet of street parking will be removed to make room for traffic lanes and a bicycle lane.  Approximately 850 feet of the dedicated bicycle lane will be removed.  Therefore, cyclists may share the traffic lane with vehicles or use the sidewalk.

As for travel downhill, two traffic lanes will remain open at all times.  However, 1400 feet of street parking will be removed to make way for traffic lanes and a bicycle lane.  A continuous, dedicated bicycle lane will be available at all times during the construction period.

The project is one of more than 30 projects funded by theProposition O Clean Water Bond approved by voters in 2004. The measure funds storm water infrastructure developments and enhancements that will help the City of L.A. comply with mandates from the water quality agencies like the California Coastal Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The project is being implemented by the City of L.A. Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering in collaboration with the Bureau of Sanitation.  Construction is expected to be completed by Fall 2013. 

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