The ongoing problem of sand in the Roosevelt Tunnel has not yet been resolved, but the BOCA Environment Committee is working hard to find a solution. Strong winds blew mounds of sand into the western end, where it has remained on the steps and the floor. It is hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists, a number of whom have fallen.

 

Bike of a cyclist who fell on the tunnel sand

Bike of a cyclist who fell on the tunnel sand

The problem is that while the State (Caltrans) owns the tunnel as part of PCH, a state highway, the City is responsible for maintaining it, but has difficult doing so on a regular basis. Meanwhile, L.A. County is responsible for the adjacent  beach, and its cleaning crews from the County Department of Beaches and Harbors is constantly in the area of the tunnel, keeping sand off the bike path and emptying the black trash cans. So why can't the County clean the tunnel? Wes Hough asked one of the workers, and they said they weren't allowed to go into the tunnels to clean because it was City of L.A. jurisdiction. BOCA's Environment Committee has formally asked the City and County to work together so that County crews can get the sand out of the Roosevelt Tunnel, and then clean both tunnels on a regular basis. Thanks to Wes Hough and Sharon Kilbride for their persistence on this matter. Stay tuned.

The sand in the tunnel has created an inviting bed for encampments by homeless folks.

The sand in the tunnel has created an inviting bed for encampments by homeless folks.

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AuthorDoug Suisman