Bus shelter

Bus shelter on Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach on April 24, 2019. (Photo by Michael Hixon)

Hermosa Beach bus stops will get a facelift sometime this year after the Hermosa Beach City Council approved the purchase and installation of new bus shelters, benches and trash receptacles on the city's busiest streets.

Through Proposition A funds, the city will spend nearly $160,000 to replace furnishings at bus stops on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.

In August 2008, trash and recycling receptacles on Pier Avenue were replaced with concrete containers. In 2010, the bus shelters and benches currently on Pier Avenue were installed as part of the Upper Pier Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project, but are already in “poor condition,” according to environmental analyst Kristy Morris, who added the new bus stops furnishings chosen are more durable.

Morris said the new bus stop material is expected to arrive in the summer.

“We will be coordinating with the businesses, we won't install them all at once,” Morris said. “We will make sure we'll minimize the impact to the businesses.”

Councilmember Justin Massey said there was some concern about starting construction during peak summer hours.

“I would suggest that we firm up that time line and then go out to the businesses and talk to them and see if they want us to push it past Labor Day,” Massey said. “If so, then schedule with Public Works where we're going to store them and how we're keep them until we are ready to install them.”

According to Morris, bus shelters and benches will be replaced close to the existing style but the seating arrangements will be reconfigured to “improve pedestrian access and aesthetics on Pier Avenue.”

According to a staff report, Public Works staff will determine if the old shelters can be salvaged, refurbished and relocated to other areas of the city. Also, lamp posts will be repainted in their existing color on upper Pier Avenue

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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