Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach downtown streets to make way for diners, bicyclists

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Hermosa bicyclists may get their own lanes. Photo by Kevin Cody

by Dan Blackburn

A restriping of traffic lanes on Hermosa Avenue, between 8th and 14th streets; and on Pier Avenue, between Hermosa Avenue and Valley Dr., starts Monday, with work expected to extend over 10 days. The new striping will be in place for at least six months, city officials said.

The project will remove a car lane in each direction on the two streets and allow businesses to expand their on-street decks. It will also allow for the addition of bike lanes in each direction on the two streets. 

Outdoor dining is presently banned by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. But the ban is expected to be lifted when the current surge in COVID-19 cases recedes to a level hospitals can manage.

The effort is designed to assist businesses during the pandemic, according to a press release from the city’s public relations officer, Laura Mecoy. And it might be completed sooner than expected if the weather holds, said Doug Krauss, the city’s environmental programs manager. Krauss said the project may cause “significant disruptions to traffic and parking” on the first day of construction, but only temporary traffic delays and limited on-street parking thereafter.

No Parking construction signs will be posted at varying times during the restriping, in advance of the work. 

Council members stipulated the project will be reevaluated after six months.

City officials invite residents with questions to contact any of the following people for more information: Andrew Nguyen at (310) 318-0212 or anguyen@hermosabeach.gov and Doug Krauss at (310) 750-3603 or dkrauss@hermosabeach.gov. Project Inspector Brian French can be contacted at (714) 495-4802 and Construction Manager Ludy Smeets can be contacted at (714)-328-3912. ER

 

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