Here is the latest on BOCA and SMCCA's joint effort to deal with the traffic spillover from the PCH sewer project lane closures.
COORDINATION WITH OFFICIALS
BOCA and SMCCA are now working very closely with the City of LA and the City of Santa Monica on all aspects of the traffic situation, looking for ways to minimize the adverse impacts, and to prepare for the Incline closure. Councilman Bonin's office, represented by Norman Kulla, is very engaged and focused on the situation.
TRAFFIC ASSESSMENT BY THE CITY
LADOT has already installed monitors on Ocean Avenue Extension (let us know if you have seen these cables elsewhere) and will use this data to support the needed mitigations. BOCA and SMCCA have asked for improved speed bumps, upgraded traffic signs and road striping, increased police presence.
TRAFFIC ENGINEERING CONSULTANT
BOCA and SMCCA are in the process of engaging a traffic engineer to provide advice and produce drawings that will support the implementation of traffic calming measures by LADOT
There have been reports of increased presence of LAPD uniformed officers, in some cases writing tickets for moving violation. BOCA spoke with a SM police officer on Mabery this morning; he was helping clear an incident on PCH, but promised to cruise the area more frequently, especially north Ocean Avenue
BOCA is looking into possible hiring of private, uniformed patrol to help calm traffic and promote safe driving; however, the cost appears to be prohibitively high.
IRREGULARITY OF CONGESTION
BOCA members report irregular degrees of congestion; some days, the morning rush is bad, but not the evening; this past weekend, Saturday was terrible, but not Sunday. The causes for this fluctuation are not clear; some of it has to do with individual decisions that drivers make in response to current and past conditions on their route. LADOT will now be monitoring daily flows.
You can get real-time information about back-ups in the Canyon at Google maps. Just punch in 90402 zip code. Make sure the "traffic" layer is activated. The map will show degree of congestion from low to high (green-yellow-red-dark red). Note that PCH, Ocean Ave, 7th Street and Entrada are monitored, but Ocean Avenue Extension from the cliffs down to Canyon School is not monitored. Try this link:
or try pasting this address into your browser: