BEVERLY HILLS—Detours have begun in Beverly Hills for the next phase of the N. Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project, which involves completely removing the roadway and replacing it with new subgrade and asphalt, according to a press release from Therese Kosterman, Public Information Manager for the city of Beverly Hills.
As of Saturday, June 3, lane closures are in effect for North (Big) Santa Monica Boulevard between Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. For approximately three weeks, traffic on N. Santa Monica Boulevard will be limited to two westbound lanes. Eastbound traffic will be directed to South (Little) Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards, starting at Century Park East.
In late June, work will begin in the northern section of the roadway between Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. For about four weeks, two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane on N. Santa Monica Boulevard will be open. The same traffic detours will be available, with occasional lane closures added.
The work and road closures are scheduled to shorten the duration of construction and ensure the project’s western section is on track for completion before the holiday shopping season.
Buses will continue to travel westbound on N. Santa Monica Boulevard with stops at Camden Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Eastbound buses will be re-routed onto S. Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. Buses will stop just west of Charleville Blvd., with a second stop west of Camden Drive. The eastbound buses will return to N. Santa Monica Boulevard via Crescent Drive.
Left turns will be prohibited from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard onto Trenton Drive, to prevent vehicles from going into residential neighborhoods. The crosswalk at S. Santa Monica Boulevard and Lasky Drive will be removed temporarily.
Improvements to N. Santa Monica Boulevard will include a rebuilt roadway with a rubberized asphalt surface for smoother, quieter driving, an upgraded drainage system, and new sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. The road on the south side between Cañon Drive and Wilshire Boulevard will be widened, and landscaping on the south side will be completed. A standardized street-lighting system will be implemented on the north side. Low impact drainage landscaping, such as grass swales, will be used, following urban water quality regulations. The project will also complete ADA compliant access upgrades.
An outreach program is underway to keep the community updated on the progress of the project and help with street navigation during construction. Mailers, social media messages, signage, and notification of upcoming meetings will be distributed to inform community members about project updates. The website www.beverlyhills.org/smblvd will be updated regularly.
Residents and businesses can sign up to receive email notifications through Ask Bev, at www.beverlyhills.org/AskBev, or communicate through www.Facebook.com/CityofBeverlyhills and www.Twitter.com/CityofBevHills. The city can also be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, the project helpline (424) 339-9033, or the Public Works Customer Service line (310) 285-2467.