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.