Second lawsuit filed over Vista del Mar ‘road diet’ – California News

Second lawsuit filed over Vista del Mar ‘road diet’ – California News


Vista del Mar may be getting all of its traffic lanes back in coming weeks, but the legal mess over a controversial “road diet” and several others in Playa del Rey is only heating up.

Late Wednesday, hours after the Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced that crews will restore two lanes of traffic and remove parking on the coastal thoroughfare starting Aug. 21, an activist group said it filed a lawsuit against the city.

The 29-page complaint from Keep L.A. Moving alleges violations of due process, civil rights and the California Environmental Quality Act, and asks a judge to order changes on Vista del Mar, Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard and Pershing Drive be reversed until an environmental analysis and public outreach is conducted.

It’s the second lawsuit over the Safe Streets for Playa del Rey Initiative, which eliminated 9.4 miles of traffic lanes on major streets two months ago in an effort to improve safety and prevent pedestrian deaths.

Latest challenge

Vista del Mar was reduced to one lane in each direction to make room for U-turn pockets and 400 angled parking spots, and stretches of Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard and Pershing Drive were narrowed and given bike lanes.

The changes resulted in bumper-to-bumper traffic and uproar from commuters, including many South Bay residents who use Vista del Mar to connect to the Westside.

They formed Keep L.A. Moving, and began organizing an online petition and crowdfunding effort to mount a legal challenge.

Manhattan Beach leaders who were blindsided by the project also considered litigation, meeting with officials from other South Bay cities and…

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