A Bureau of Street Services crew with 7 vehicles rebuilt the three speed humps on Mabery today. BOCA appreciates the efforts of Councilman Mike Bonin, staffers Norman Kulla and Mark Grant, and Bureau of Street Services' Nazario Sauceda, along with the BSS crew led by Tony Motta, to request and implement the hump restoration. See photos below.
We all hoped that the reconstructed humps would be perceptibly higher than the old, worn humps, and would thus reduce speeding on Mabery and Ocean Way. The newer, current city standard for humps (technically, they are now termed "speed tables" rather than "speed humps") is a maximum 2" above the existing roadway. See the photos below and you'll understand how precisely the profile of the speed tables has been engineered. We would all have liked to see them higher, but the new standard apparently responds to concerns by the Fire Department that higher humps reduce their response time - something that of course none of us want to see in this drought. Some areas of the older Mabery humps had been worn down to 1" above roadway, so some parts of the restored humps are higher, if only slightly. Also, for the moment they also lack the necessary markings (white delta shapes) which do help slow people down. We are working with the City Council office and LADOT to have the markings put in as soon as possible - there is apparently a long backlog for the marking crews, who use a specialized truck that heats and sprays the thermoplastic paint. We will update the community when we have a scheduled date for the markings.
BOCA will continue to work with City officials to try and reduce the spillover cut-through commuter traffic and frequent speeding that continues to plague the Mabery Road / Ocean Way loop, caused by the lane closures on PCH from sewer construction. This has no doubt now been exacerbated by the two-week closure beginning Monday the 15th of Moomat Ahiko Way, the PCH on-ramp from Ocean by the Lobster restaurant, which forces PCH-bound traffic to the California Incline, or, in many cases, into the Canyon.