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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021

See LIVE 24/7 Traffic Cameras of Caltrans Culvert Replacement Project on Coast Highway at Main Beach

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will replace the box culvert under Coast Highway at Main Beach from April 1 until May 24

Expect Significant Traffic Impacts Through May

Through the duration of the Caltrans Culvert Replacement Project, traffic will be reduced to two lanes (one lane in each direction) between Ocean and Broadway on Coast Highway from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 7 days/week.

Full road closures may happen overnight periodically throughout the project, and detours will be in place. Upcoming overnight full road closures are currently scheduled for April 8 and 10 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

During the full closures, there will be a detour in place utilizing Ocean Avenue, Beach Street, and Broadway. Signs will help guide drivers through the detour route.

Why Now?

The box culvert that runs underneath Coast Highway at Main Beach carries storm water from the Downtown area. It is over 100-years old, and the concrete inside the culvert is crumbling, exposing corroded rebar. To ensure stability of the culvert and for the safety of overhead drivers using Coast Highway, the culvert must be replaced as soon as possible
  • The construction contractor will be working double shifts beginning at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. as needed to meet a goal of being finished and fully open to traffic by Memorial Day
  • Downtown traffic control will be provided 7 days a week to help mitigate traffic impacts due to the long-term lane closures needed to complete the work safely and quickly
For questions regarding the project, please contact Caltrans Public Information Officer Darcy Birden at (949) 923-7136 or darcy.birden@dot.ca.gov

On Tuesday, April 6, the Laguna Beach City Council will begin in-person hybrid meetings with modified public participation in City Council Chambers.

Under the new meeting format, the fully-vaccinated Laguna Beach City Council will return to the dais Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. with new plexiglass partitions installed (pictured) between them.
Members of the public wishing to provide comments in-person will be able to address the City Council in Council Chambers while observing physical distancing and wearing a mask. After providing a comment, members of the public must exit the room immediately and can not stay to participate in further discussion.
Zoom participation in the meetings will also continue, so the public may continue to safely participate and provide comments from home if they choose via the links below.

Tuesday's City Council Meeting Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Today's Podcast Update with Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen

In today's Podcast Update, Mayor Whalen discusses the Downtown Caltrans Road Construction project and ways to avoid the traffic nightmare.

We also discuss the search for a new City Manager and what we’re expecting to hear at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Police Department Begins New Loud Exhaust Enforcement Program

Last year, officers issued over 2,000 citations for loud vehicle noise violations and contacted hundreds more as part of the ongoing education and enforcement program.

The Laguna Beach Police Department has begun a special enforcement program targeting modified engines and loud exhaust vehicles in the City. Officers will be on patrol and on the lookout for these vehicles on both major roadways and in neighborhoods.

"Laguna Beach Police remain committed to addressing this significant quality of life issue that's important to so many people who call Laguna Beach home," said Laguna Beach Police Chief Robert Thompson. "We will vigorously enforce these laws in our City, as we have in years past."

The Police Department will run the program through the summer and tailor their enforcement efforts to locations and times most impacted by the violations.

Take the Pledge TODAY to Help Make Laguna Beach the Most Waterwise City in America!

Beginning today, you can take the pledge to help make Laguna Beach the most Waterwise City in America as part of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!

Last year, the City of Laguna Beach was named one of five national winners in the National Challenge

The annual challenge, which runs today through April 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign that encourages residents to make a series of simple pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

This week, new CDC data says those fully inoculated with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines don’t transmit and can’t spread the COVID-19 virus. Clinical trials show two doses of either two-dose vaccine have an efficacy rate of around 95 percent. Without infection, people are unable to spread the virus.

Starting TODAY in California, anyone age 50 and older can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. And as of April 15, all Californians 16 and older are eligible.

With Federal and State physical distance requirements reduced from 6ft. to 3ft. for students, Laguna Beach School Superintendent Jason Viloria has invited all students grades 6-12 back to campus 5 days per week beginning Monday, April 19.
Overnight tonight from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., SCE will be replacing equipment on a transmission utility pole on Laguna Canyon Road south of Big Bend. Minor traffic delays are expected. For more information, contact SCE at (800) 655-4555.
City sidewalk repairs will begin on Monday, April 5 through June. Locations include Top of the World, Hobo Canyon, and the area bounded by Park Avenue, Wendt Terrace, Thalia Street and South Coast Highway. For additional information, contact Alpha Santos at (949) 497-0729 or asantos@lagunabeachcity.net.
This weekend's event will be held at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable items for shred and E-Waste items, visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling.
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