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Pacific Coast Highway sewer project to squeeze summer traffic [Updated]

May 31, 2011 | 11:48 am

Pchtraffic Traffic will be squeezed on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades in coming months as a sewer project intended to prevent water pollution gets underway.

Public works crews will be installing a new release sewer line beginning June 6 as part of a project to add capacity to the existing coastal interceptor sewer and prevent polluted storm water from flowing into Santa Monica Bay.

Installation of concrete barriers begins Thursday night when two of the three southbound lanes will be closed from Temescal Canyon Road to Entrada Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and one lane will be closed each day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

[Updated at 2:11 p.m.: A previous version of this post had stated that barrier installation would begin Tuesday night, but the schedule has changed.]

Installation of barriers in the area of the sewer construction will continue through Saturday.

Construction will begin Monday and the closures will be in effect for two or three months officials said. Northbound lanes will not be affected.

The project is funded by the Proposition O Clean Water Bond, $500 million in bonds approved by voters in 2004 to help Los Angeles carry out a series of stormwater improvement projects to comply with state and federal water quality mandates.

-- Abby Sewell

Photo: Traffic on Pacific Coast Highway on Friday. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times