Press ReleasePress ReleaseCity of Laguna Beach
John Pietig, City Manager

505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-0704
Fax: (949) 497-0771

5/20/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 05202020
 
Subject :City Announces Completion of Village Entrance Project
Contact :Tom Perez    (949) 464-6688
    

Laguna Beach, CA  The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce the completion of the Village Entrance Project, a two-year construction project focused on enhanced pedestrian safety and circulation, improved traffic flow and new public open space located at the gateway to the City.  The completed project stretches along Laguna Canyon Road from Forest Avenue to Art-A-Fair and will be dedicated by the Laguna Beach City Council with a virtual ribbon cutting held on Friday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m. Due to the stay at home order, the ribbon cutting will be broadcast LIVE for public viewing on the City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lagunabeachgov.

“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.

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 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.” 

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

.        A total of six electric vehicle charging stations in Lots 11 and 12

.        Reconstruction of Employee Parking Lot and parking area behind City Hall

.        Reconstruction of deteriorated retaining walls in Lot 12 (Lumberyard Parking Lot)

.        Demolition of aging Marine Safety and Police support buildings and construction of replacement buildings

“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. 

For more information contact Tom Perez, Village Entrance Project Director, at (949) 464-6688 or tperez@lagunabeachcity.net.

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