City of Laguna Beach Completes Village Entrance Project
On Friday, May 22, 2020, the City of Laguna Beach held a ribbon cutting to announce the completion of the Village Entrance Project, a two-year project focused on enhanced pedestrian safety, improved traffic flow and circulation, and new public open space. The project was completed on time and on budget for the community.
The Village Entrance Project stretches from Forest Avenue up Laguna Canyon Road to Art-A-Fair, at the gateway to the City of Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach Village Entrance Project Highlights:
Wide multi-use trails made from decorative concrete and decomposed granite to create a pedestrian-friendly environment, including many bicycle racks and rammed-earth seat wall benches.
Extensive landscaping throughout the site, including the planting of 75 new trees, 3,250 shrubs and 50 flats of ground cover.
Decorative fencing along the drainage channel to replace the chain link fence.
New wider vehicle bridge and a new pedestrian bridge at Lot 10 to improve vehicle access, parking circulation and separate vehicles from pedestrians.
New bridge to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to parking from Laguna Canyon Road, and a total of six electric vehicle charging stations in Lots 11 and 12.
“The Village Entrance Project’s new pedestrian walkways, benches, bike racks and beautifully landscaped green spaces create a first impression to the City of Laguna Beach that we can all be proud of,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “And at a time when outdoor activity is so important to our community, this project’s completion comes at the perfect moment.”
Additional Village Entrance Project elements include decorative lighting, extensive landscaped planting areas, new vehicular and pedestrian bridges and water quality features such as basins and permeable pavers.
“The Project’s new bridges, wider multi-use trails and paved access roads improve pedestrian, bicyclist and driver safety at one of the busiest and most visible intersections in town,” said Laguna Beach Assistant City Manager Shohreh Dupuis.
“The City has succeeded in delivering a safe, beautiful area for our community to enjoy while delivering the project on time and on budget,” said Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig.