BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, June 3, detours will begin in Beverly Hills and last for about seven weeks, as one of three phases of an 18-month reconstruction project requiring detours, according to a press release from the city of Beverly Hills.
The initial phase involves removing the roadway between Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive and replacing it with asphalt. Traffic on North (Big) Santa Monica Boulevard will be limited to two westbound lanes for about three weeks. Eastbound traffic will be directed to South (Little) Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard from Century Park East.
In late June, reconstruction will begin on the northern section of the roadway between Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, for about four weeks. Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane will be available with the same traffic detours. Occasional lane closures will be added.
Westbound buses will continue to travel on N. Santa Monica Boulevard with stops at Camden Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Buses traveling eastbound will be directed to S. Santa Boulevard. Buses will stop west of Charleville Boulevard, with a second stop west of Camden Drive. Eastbound buses will return to N. Santa Monica Boulevard through Crescent Drive.
Left turns will not be allowed from eastbound Wilshire onto Trenton Drive, to prevent vehicles from traveling through residential areas. The crosswalk at S. Santa Monica Boulevard and Lasky Drive will be removed temporarily.
The reconstruction on N. Santa Monica Boulevard will involve an improved roadway with rubberized asphalt for smoother driving, an upgraded drainage system, and new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, in compliance with ADA regulations. The street on the south side between Cañon Drive and Wilshire Boulevard will be widened, and a standardized street-lighting system will be available on the north side. Low impact drainage landscaping, such as grass swales, will be installed, following urban water quality regulations. Landscaping on the south side of the street will also be completed.
The first of the project’s three phases is expected to be completed by the end of July this year. The road closures are scheduled to shorten the duration of construction and ensure the project’s completion before the holiday shopping season.
An outreach program will guide the community through navigating the streets during the construction. Mailers, social media messages, signage, and notices for upcoming meetings will keep the community up to date on the progress of the project.
For more information, visit www.beverlyhills.org/smblvd, www.facebook.com/CityofBeverlyHills, and www.twitter.com/CityofBevHills. Email notifications are available through Ask Bev at www.beverlyhills.org/AskBev. The City can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org, the project helpline (424) 339-9033, or the Public Works Customer Service line (310) 285-2467.