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Paseo Del Mar to be rebuilt

“The decision was unanimous and unified.”

Following LA City Board of Engineering presentations and updating on the status / timetable of work done on the landslide – along with a good hour of smart comments and questions by the Advisory Board and stakeholders last night at the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee, it was unanimously voted to restore the roadway to the previous location, to include a retaining wall at an estimated cost of $28.8 million.

According to Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Chairman & President Dave Behar, Paseo Del Mar and its beautiful coastline are on their way towards complete restoration, via a vote by the White Point Community Advisory Committee.

“Although the planning, funding and road restoral process will take many years, the community spoke and voted on restoring Paseo Del Mar to its previous location. Traffic studies by the Bureau of Engineering are well underway in the adjacent Palisades neighborhoods, to ensure that the best possible strategy, execution and positive public safety outcome occurs for our fellow residents. This includes the entire Coastal San Pedro,” said Behar, who also serves as President of the Palisades Residents Association.

“There is a sense of confidence that our many smart, visionary residents in the area will make sure Paseo, adjacent streets and the Nature Preserve are an opportunity to create an enjoyable blend of passive yet active use, with a synergistic neighborhood culture that makes the best out of the path forward.”

With regular updates ahead, the Advisory Committee was able to hear key budget insights from David Hirano, from the Office of the LA City Chief Administrative Officer, along with Board of Public Works Commissioner Matt Szabo, and Chris Johnson who led the Bureau of Engineering presentation. Councilman Buscaino vowed to “fight hard to find the money for what the people decide.”

“I am pleased with the definitive progress that BOE, leadership of Councilman Buscaino and his talented staff, the Advisory Committee, the CAO and Public Works offices and the focused CSPNC adhoc Landslide and Public Safety Committees have made, and will make, moving forward,” added Behar. “Mother Nature and the community will receive more than an asphault makeover.”

With de-watering continuing and slope stabilization underway, next steps are by Spring 2014 to build already budgeted cul de sacs with medians, initially designed by Behar, to enable traffic flow on the west and east side of the slide, as preparations are made for a complete restoral of Paseo Del Mar, which could take easily 3-5 years.

Residents may monitor regularly updated progress at boe.lacity.org and cspnc.org.

6 Responses

  1. Good news but why will it take so long, it didn’t take 5 years to build the School.

  2. what a shame. wasting 48 million dollars and probably even more to turn paseo del mar into a loud, cruiser / motorcycle speedway. the landslide was the best thing to happen to the residential neiborhood south of the slide. just think of what 48+ million dollars could improve at other nearby locations. one less place to enjoy a quiet moment by the sea. congratulations

  3. How unfortunate.
    The slide had actually resulted in so many positive changes to the neighborhood and for those who come to the street to exercise or relax at the parks or the preserve.

  4. I am not at all in favor of rebuilding paseo del mar. It represents a victory of the auto culture over what has been reclaimed by residents, pedestrians, users of the park and brings back noise pollution, safety concerns that would return with traffic

  5. Hey Dave,
    NO ONE I know who lives in the Palisades, or Point Fermin wants that bridge to nowhere built! Ever since the road fell in, our neighborhood has been SO much safer and quieter. Leave well enough alone and keep White Point for the birds and squirrels. We don’t want the street re-opened. The slide was the best thing to happen in years.

    Julie Beardsley

  6. Most comments I read are against rebuilding the road,which is representative, since most of the people who live in the neighborhood don’t want this road to nowhere rebuilt in any fashion. How is it then that rebuilding the road is getting shoved done our throats? It just seems like residents of SP don’t have any say in regards to any decision these days, ( See the Road Diet, Death of the Red Cars, The Ports of Call renovation, Homeless)

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