Traffic is snarled on narrowed Ocean Park Boulevard
After several pedestrians were struck on Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica officials decided to narrow the roadway from four to two lanes. But some motorists are complaining to the Santa Monica Daily Press that traffic on the road is now snarled:
Lloyd Saunders remembers when Ocean Park Boulevard was his go-to route, driving on the neighborhood's main drag daily to reach any points east and west. Today, the 30-year Santa Monica resident avoids it at all costs, opting for other streets because of "bottleneck traffic" that he blames on the current configuration, which city officials changed from four lanes to two in December 2007. "It's hard to get onto Ocean Park because there's just a stream of cars," he said. "It's the sign of the times, there's so many darn people here (in the city) now."