One Lane Madness in Playa del Rey
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PdR One Lane Madness???
You may not have heard, but the city is about to reduce Vista del Mar, Pershing, Jefferson and Culver to ONE lane each way. Yes, that's correct, ONE lane each way. They are calling this insanity “traffic calming”. We believe it will lead to road rage.
Currently, Pershing and Culver back up at 7AM and again at 3:30 PM. On Culver, the short stretch from Jefferson to Nicholson takes as much as 30 minutes. Could anyone imagine that the City's "unique" solution to the traffic mess would be to remove lanes?
What's the City's plan for cars turning left onto Nicholson from Culver (already a bottleneck) once Culver becomes one lane? Will the traffic back up to the Ballona Creek Bridge? Will the 30 minute drive expand to 60 minutes during the rush hours? How will emergency vehicles move through jammed, single lane traffic?
The recent News Release "Safe Streets" for Playa del Rey Initiative summarizes the convoluted thinking behind this well-meaning but totally unworkable proposal. As stated, their goal is "Safe Streets", and they will definitely achieve this as all the traffic will be moving at a snail's pace.
Reducing major arteries like Vista del Mar, Pershing, Jefferson, and Culver to one lane each way will be absolutely disastrous. The traffic going to and from work is virtually intolerable now; reducing lane capacity is nothing short of lunacy. Some PDR residents are disturbed by traffic coming from the South Bay but eradicating the mobility of all who live here is NOT the solution.
If this is implemented, PdR will become a traffic nightmare and when "Silicon Beach" becomes "NIghtmare Beach", tourists/visitors will stop coming to our town. Businesses and eateries like Mo’s, Cantalini’s, Bacari, Caffe Pinguini, Provisions, etc. will suffer and, needless to say, our housing values will plummet.
Work has already started on Vista del Mar with work on Pershing, Jefferson and Culver expected to be completed NEXT month. If this doesn't sound like a good idea to you, contact Mike Bonin and Jessica Holzer and voice your displeasure.
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