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With construction set to begin on interim turnabouts near San Pedro’s landslide site, a contract for design work to permanently rebuilt the portion of Paseo del Mar destroyed in the 2011 White Point landslide should be ready to move forward shortly, a city engineer said this week.
Gene Edwards, project manager for the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, gave the informal update Monday night to residents during a meeting of the Coastal Risk and Beautification Committee of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council.
The November 2011 landslide sheered off a huge slice of the ocean cliff and destroyed the road in front of the White Point Nature Preserve. Repairs since have included underground anchors and a drainage system to remove any excessive groundwater in the area.
Negotiations to rebuild Paseo del Mar have begun with a consultant, Edwards said, and the contract for the $2 million design work should be ready to be finalized in another month.
The bigger challenge, he said, will be finding the more than $20 million it will cost to actually reconstruct and reconnect the scenic east-west roadway between Weymouth and Western avenues along San Pedro’s south-facing ocean cliffs.
Federal and state sources of funding will be explored for the project, which Edwards said is expected to take a couple of years because it will involve a lengthy environmental study process. A rebuilt road, he said, is still “years out.”
In the meantime, Edwards said work on interim turnabouts at Weymouth and Western so traffic flows more smoothly is set to begin next week as a large crane moves onto the site for the next couple of weeks. Riprap, used to shore up coastal erosion areas, will be placed and damaged pavement removed in preparation for building the turnabouts to replace the abrupt dead-ends in the roadway.
Part of that work will include biological surveys of nesting birds and, specifically, the endangered coastal California gnatcatcher, a species whose habitat is along the state’s narrow coastal strip.
Evidence of nesting could hold back construction, he said.
In other discussion:
• Groundwater identified in the White Point landslide area is being successfully treated with drains that have been installed; 1,500 gallons a day — “not a large amount of water” — are being directed away from the cliff, Edwards said, compared to more than 3,000 gallons a day that were measured shortly after the landslide occurred. “The drains are working effectively,” he said.
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