Emergency roadwork will begin on Vista del Mar on Monday, April 5, because rain-caused erosion has caused safety concerns, Manhattan Beach has announced. The city urged motorists to use alternative routes during the closure, which could last two to three weeks.
The “emergency slope stabilization” will close 1.7 miles of the right southbound lane between Imperial Highway and Waterview Street, a city press release said. The closure will last 24 hours a day Monday through Friday.
The northbound lanes will not be impacted, the press release said.
Lane closures on Vista del Mar caused controversy in 2017 when a “road diet” — an attempt to reduce pedestrian fatalities on major streets in Playa del Rey — was implemented, causing headaches for commuters on the busy street.
The controversy led to a recall effort of LA City Councilman Mike Bonin, as well as a lawsuit threatened by a coalition of cities, including Manhattan Beach, when commuters and small-business owners were heavily impacted by the gridlock caused by the reduction of lanes to make room for a bike lane.
The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering recommended the current roadwork be done “as soon as possible,” according to the city press release.
“At three sites,” the release said, “erosion gullies have undermined the southbound right lane and locally removed soils supporting the roadway resulting in an unsafe condition.”