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Mayor Initiates Public Dialogue on Bridges Spanning PCH

Mayor Jeff Duclos has gathered some specialists to lead a dialogue on whether or not the city should have bridges that span the busy Pacific Coast Highway. He wants public input.

Mayor Jeff Duclos will hold a free public meeting to discuss bridges that would span Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach.

"A Bridge Across PCH: Let's talk about it" is the subject of a one-hour meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Community Center on Pier Avenue.

Duclos says he hopes to see if there is enough interest in the concept to develop a preliminary plan that can be given to the city with the hope the city can then move toward building at least one bridge.

"I have ideas, but I am no expert," wrote Duclos in an email. "I'm hoping to enlist the city's greatest resource -- the smart and talented people who live here -- to finally elevate this discussion to the next level."

Participants will include Steve Lantz, a public transportation project development specialist and consultant with the South Bay Council of Governments; Gina Overholt, a grant writer with 14 years of experience submitting major funding proposals for public sector projects including $1 million for Hermosa Beach; Brian Hannegan, a senior Designer with the award-winning RRM Design and specialist in urban architecture, and Julian Katz, retired civil engineer and public works commissioner who will moderate the session.

Questions and/or RSVPs can be sent via email.

Tom F. October 15, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I agree. I won't be at the meeting, but count me against a bridge.
Ruthie October 15, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I imagine people who live east of PCH will be for a bridge. And those who live west will have no reason to want one.
Jim October 15, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I look forward to hearing more about this idea. From a safety perspective I'm sure bridges are a better solution than stoplights. In addition, adding stoplights simply slows traffic down even more along PCH, increasing the noise and pollution that accompanies them. As for the asthetics, a well designed footbridge does not have to be an eyesore. As a resident who enjoys walking to the beach on a regular basis and has to cross PCH to do so, I like the idea of not having to wait at a stoplight.
Tom F. October 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Question for Jim: How many blocks out of your way would you walk for a bridge? For instance, if you lived on 5th Street, would you walk to 8th to use a bridge? Or would you just wait for the light at 5th? Also, where would you put the bridge(s)? How many?
Kathryn Cheng October 16, 2012 at 08:28 AM
A bridge would be an important safety improvement for the children who have to cross PCH to get to school.

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