Vista Del Mar
Special Traffic Alert: Changes Coming to Vista del Mar, in Playa del Rey
August 9, 2017
Later this month the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will add one additional travel lane southbound from Waterview Street to Imperial Highway and one additional travel lane northbound from Imperial Highway to Napoleon Street on Vista del Mar. Parking on Vista del Mar will be removed.
Construction is expected to begin Monday, August 21st and take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Crews will make every effort to minimize construction-related delays, but at times lanes will need to be closed temporarily to accommodate implementation. Occasional full street closures will occur during night hours only.
During the duration of construction, it is recommended that commuters plan ahead and look for alternate ways to travel. Alternative east/west routes are Imperial Highway and Westchester Parkway; alternative north/south routes are Pershing Drive, Lincoln and Sepulveda Boulevards, and the 405 Freeway. Beach parking is available at the beach parking lots.
Additionally, the Bureau of Engineering also has an ongoing construction project that may intermittently restrict southbound traffic to one lane daily before 3:00 PM.
New Street Configuration Addresses Acute Safety Issues on Vista Del Mar for Beach Visitors
July 6, 2017
Vista del Mar runs along Dockweiler Beach in the Playa del Rey neighborhood. The mix of a large number of beach-goers coupled with an old street design has resulted in safety issues. Between 2003 and 2016, 210 crashes that seriously injured people occurred on Vista del Mar. Five people were killed on the street.
In 2017, after careful consideration, the Los Angeles Department of Transportaion (LADOT) took action to address the immediate safety issues on the street prior to the high-use summer months. LADOT redesigned the street to prevent additional deaths on Vista del Mar. Street safety is the top priority under the City’s Vision Zero Initiative, which uses data to prioritize safety improvements that prevent traffic deaths. Street changes on Vista del Mar began in February 2017, and LADOT completed the project in June 2017.
The major changes include:
- Removed parallel parking from the inland side of the street to eliminate need for crossings by beach-goers.
- Added buffer spaces on either side of the angled parking so that beach-goers would not have to open their doors into traffic to exit and unpack.
- Converted parallel parking to diagonal parking on the beach-side of the street to ensure the design maintained or increased access to affordable parking.
- Added new signal-protected turn lanes and designated areas for safe U-turns.
Maintaining And Improving Beach Access For All
LADOT considered many alternative road designs to address the situation on Vista Del Mar. The chosen design was the only alternative that preserved the number of free parking spaces adjacent to Dockweiler Beach that LADOT could deliver before summer. This maintains free access to the California coast. Maintaining access to affordable parking is both an equity issue and a local priority, as Dockweiler Beach provides coastal access for a large area of Los Angeles. The new diagonal parking design increases the amount of free parking, creating a safe place for families from all across the Los Angeles area to enjoy access to the beach.
LADOT Is Carefully Monitoring Traffic Flow And Safety Developments
The construction phase, which involved 2.3 miles of new lane striping and a new configuration, has led to some increase in traffic delays, including in the northbound direction during the morning commute hours. LADOT is aware of the congestion issues and is monitoring developments carefully.
Road changes of this kind typically require at least a month for people driving to get accustomed to changes and for future traffic flow patterns to emerge. The department will provide data to the public one month, three months and six months after the full completion of construction.
LADOT is also monitoring how the changes interact with an adjacent safety project on Jefferson and Culver, which connect to Vista Del Mar in the downtown area of Playa Del Rey. We will be looking to see if traffic signals, turn lanes, and other changes can improve the flow of traffic without compromising safety.
LADOT is aware it must balance many needs for the Vista Del Mar roadway—which is used by neighbors, commuters, and thousands of beachgoers—while taking very seriously and prioritzing the safety issues at play.
If you have questions or would like to share feedback about the safety enhancements made to Vista Del Mar, please email email@example.com.