THE BIG DIG IS ABOUT TO BEGIN
Preliminary construction work for the Venice Dual Force Main sewer replacement project began last week in the Marina Peninsula, initiating a three-year construction process that will at various stages impact Marina del Rey, the Silver Strand and Playa del Rey.
The new sewer line will originate from the Venice Pumping Plant at 140 Hurricane St., cross the Grand Canal eastbound to Marquesas Way, and then head south all the way down Via Marina. The line will then cross the Marina del Rey and Ballona Creek channels to Pacific Avenue, where it will continue south to meet an existing sewer junction on Vista Del Mar near Waterview Street.
Los Angeles Department of Public Works crews began preliminary work on April 24 near Hurricane Street, which includes surveys of noise and vibration levels, documenting the current site conditions, fencing, utility relocation and land surveying, among other work.
“The real excavation work will begin in July,” said Tonya Durrell, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, which is also overseeing the project.
Regular construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with Public Works officials expecting to complete the entire length of the project by the summer of 2020. Work will begin and wrap up on the northern end before heading south.
“The initial goal is to finish at Hurricane, Marquesas Way and Via Marina first,” said Gevork Mkrtchyan, an engineer at Public Works who is the construction manager for the dual force main project.
Traffic impacts in Marina del Rey will include lane closures on Via Marina, though a county fact sheet promises at least one lane of access in each direction will remain available at all times.
Other impacts include a temporary reduction of 63 parking spaces at County Lot 13 (4601 Via Marina) as well as removal of three adjacent Italian stone pine trees and two paper bark trees.
Tall noise barriers “that will look similar to walls of plywood” will be placed around construction shafts to mitigate noise, according to the document.
L.A. County officials took the city of L.A to court in an attempt to move the sewer line away from Via Marina onto Pacific Avenue, but ultimately lost that battle in 2013.
The new pressurized 54-inch sewer main will buttress an existing 48-inch main that city sanitation officials say has been in continuous operation for 50 years without any maintenance and is in dire need of replacement or repair to avoid a potentially catastrophic rupture.
For more information, visit lacitysan.org and search under “Special Projects,” email PublicWorks.PublicAffairs@lacity.org, or call (213) 978-0333 during business hours or (800) 773-2489 on nights and weekends.
— Gary Walker