On October 18, 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilmember Mike Bonin announced a plan to restore traffic lanes on several roads in Playa del Rey. Over the next several months, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will immediately begin restoring lanes that had been removed on Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard and Pershing Drive.
The announcement states:
“Lane restoration work is scheduled to begin with Culver and Jefferson Boulevards on October 27, with work on Pershing beginning in November. Lane restoration work is scheduled to begin with Culver and Jefferson Boulevards on October 27, with work on Pershing beginning in November. A remaining stretch of Vista Del Mar, from Waterview to Culver Boulevard, will remain narrowed until after the Bureau of Engineering completes work in the area on the Dual Force Main project — a long-planned, multi-million dollar project to prevent an environmentally devastating sewage leak into the Santa Monica Bay.”
In addition, LADOT will install new traffic safety measures. The full list of features include:
- Speed Feedback Signs - LADOT will place speed feedback signs on Culver Boulevard and Pershing Drive, notifying drivers when they have exceeded the speed limit.
- Flashing Beacon Crosswalks - LADOT will add flashing beacons to the crosswalk at Culver Boulevard and Pershing Drive to better protect pedestrians as they cross the street.
- New Crosswalks - LADOT will install new flashing beacon crosswalks at Culver Boulevard and Earldom Avenue and at Pershing Drive and Rees.
- Speed Tables - LADOT will install speed tables at crosswalks to slow speeding traffic and protect pedestrians.
- “Rest in Red” Signals - The traffic signal at Culver and Nicholson and Culver and Vista Del Mar will be adjusted to require drivers to slow their speed as they approach downtown Playa del Rey from Culver Boulevard. “Rest in red” settings will also be applied to signals at Pershing and Manitoba, Pershing and Westchester Parkway, Culver and Vista Del Mar and Culver and Nicholson.
- Leading Pedestrian Intervals - Commonly referred to as “pedestrian head start” signals, crossing signals will be adjusted to allow pedestrians to enter crosswalks at intersections before vehicles are allowed to make their turns. This will occur at Pershing and Manchester, Pershing and Manitoba, and Pershing and Westchester Parkway.
The full announcement can be found on Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin’s website.
The City of Manhattan Beach is grateful to Councilmember Mike Bonin and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) for their decision to reverse roadway reconfigurations on Vista del Mar in Playa del Rey, see press release (PDF). The City also welcomes Councilmember Bonin’s commitment to create a task force to evaluate traffic safety issues on Jefferson Blvd., Culver Blvd., and Pershing Drive. The efforts of LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn and her staff in collaborating with LADOT and Councilmember Bonin are greatly appreciated.
The City Council also wants to recognize those involved with regional efforts to find a solution. First and foremost, the City Council thanks all those who sent feedback and participated in forums regarding the roadway reconfigurations. The City Council also would like to recognize Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Autumn Burke, El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes and Mayor Pro Tem Drew Boyles, Hermosa Beach Councilmembers Carolyn Petty, Jeff Duclos, and Hany Fangary, the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), and other officials throughout the region.
Per City Council Direction at the June 20, 2017 meeting, the City of Manhattan Beach has sent this letter of opposition (PDF) to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin regarding the recent roadway reconfigurations on Vista Del Mar and in Playa Del Rey.
At their Closed Session on June 20, 2017, the Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously decided to take action regarding the traffic changes implemented in Playa del Rey (read below for further explanation). The City of Manhattan Beach issued a press release (PDF) detailing those actions. They are:
- Created a subcommittee of two Councilmembers to participate in regional efforts to obtain a solution.
- Directed the City Manager to prepare a letter opposing the roadway reconfigurations and seeking environmental review that includes public participation and outreach.
- Directed the City Manager to continue City staff’s efforts to disseminate information, contact affected businesses, interact with residents, the business community, staff members from other cities, and work with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments in seeking a regional solution or alternative.
- Directed City Staff to provide support to legal efforts challenging LADOT’s actions.
- Directed the City Attorney to explore legal action against LADOT, including exploration of the most effective way to join the efforts of residents opposing the project.
Our community is invited to provide feedback on this issue on our Open City Hall forum.
The City of Manhattan Beach has received numerous emails that recent Playa del Rey roadway reconfigurations have impacted commuters throughout the region, including Manhattan Beach residents. The City issued a news release on the issue on June 6, 2017. The City of Manhattan Beach was not consulted regarding the reconfigurations and was not aware of the changes being made until they had been implemented. Because of the impacts, the City is gathering information from community members to help inform future conversations with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin, and our regional partners. The community is invited to provide their own feedback through our Open City Hall online forum or reach out to our City staff or City Council.
The LADOT recently narrowed Vista Del Mar and is in the process of narrowing three other arterial roadways north of Manhattan Beach -- Culver Blvd., Jefferson Blvd., and Pershing Drive -- from two lanes to one lane in each direction. According to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, whose district includes the roadways, the narrowing of Vista Del Mar is in direct response to a recent lawsuit over a fatal traffic collision and is intended to “make the street safer, create more parking inventory, reduce speeding, and curb the use of Playa del Rey streets as a short-cut from the South Bay to points north.” The narrowing of Culver Blvd., Jefferson Blvd., and Pershing Drive and the addition of bike lanes to these roads is described as part of the Safe Streets for Playa Del Rey Initiative, designed to create safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. (See map above).
The City of Los Angeles has informed us that the Playa del Rey roadway reconfigurations project described above is a “pilot program” which will be reviewed by LADOT. If you would like to provide feedback on how this project has affected you, please visit our Open City Hall topic.
Input/Questions related to potential impacts affecting the City of Manhattan Beach and its residents may be directed to the City's Traffic Engineer, Erik Zandvliet, at (310) 802-5522.
Questions about the traffic changes themselves should be directed to Councilman Bonin's Mobility Deputy, Jessie Holzer, at (310) 575-8461.