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September 23, 2011
The California Department of Transportation on Monday will start resurfacing Laguna Canyon Road, between Forest Avenue and the 73 Toll Road. Asphalt grinding will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three or four days, according to a city press release. Paving will begin Wednesday and carry on from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. There will be no work on weekends. The project is intended to repair worn pavement and enhance its longevity. The city expects the project to be completed by November.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 11, 2009
Caltrans’ $1.8 million Coast Highway roadway pavement rehabilitation project in Laguna Beach has been suspended until March because of expected cold and wet weather during the winter months, Caltrans announced today. Laguna Beach city officials had asked that the project be halted during the holiday season, according to City Manager Ken Frank. The project has been under way over a five mile stretch on both sides of the highway from Vista del Sol to Aster Street, causing traffic jams and long waits for motorists.
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By Josh Aden | July 6, 2007
A large electronic sign erected by Caltrans on Laguna Canyon Road is due be removed — after residents complained about it and city officials determined it was put in place without required permits. Caltrans representative Pam Gorniak said the sign — recently erected near the Dog Park and the Animal Shelter — is intended to give drivers current traffic conditions on the sometimes-congested road as well as estimated travel times to help ease heavy traffic. The sign is one of 13 placed in various high-congestion roads in Orange County, but it is the only one in a Coastal Zone and subject to Coastal Development permits, Gorniak said.
NEWS
December 8, 2006
Broadway lane closures tied up traffic past El Toro Road for most of the week, and will again next week, said Steve May, director of Laguna Beach Public Works. Broadway was closed all or partially in downtown Laguna Beach while Caltrans conducted a paving project. Traffic was diverted to Forest Avenue, creating a traffic headache for drivers and causing long delays on Laguna Canyon Road. "Based upon the most current report from Caltrans, the grinding operations that caused the lane closures will be done this week," May said Wednesday.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 31, 2007
City officials have not given up on constructing a sidewalk and bicycle path along South Coast Highway from Nyes Place almost to Ruby's Diner, despite Caltrans' rejection of a city proposal. The city will seek detailed direction from Caltrans, which earlier this month declined to approve an 800-foot-long sidewalk project submitted by the city that did not meet the state Department of Transportation standards. If Caltrans had approved the city's proposal, part of the cost would have been eligible for a grant from the Orange County Transportation Authority, which administers federal funds for projects in this area.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 12, 2007
A small slice of Laguna Canyon will be up offered for big money when Caltrans opens bidding at $950,000 for the city's day labor site on July 23. City officials declined to comment Thursday on whether the city would submit a bid, but an agenda item relating to the site was being prepared for Tuesday's council meeting. Possible acquisition of the site has been listed for discussion in closed session in past months. "I can't comment on discussions in closed session," City Manager Ken Frank said.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 19, 2007
Caltrans and the city avoided a head-on collision Tuesday. Both sides took a step back to allow negotiations to continue on the possible acquisition by the city of the Caltrans parcel on Laguna Canyon Road currently used as a day labor hiring center. A proposal to zone the property as open space was to have been discussed by the council over the objections of Caltrans. The emergency ordinance was tabled Tuesday until further notice. "I have pulled [the item] off the agenda and Caltrans has agreed to pull the parcel out of the auction until we have an opportunity to talk with them," City Manager Ken Frank said.
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By Josh Aden | May 31, 2007
Laguna Beach will pay $5,040 per year in rent to the state to keep the Day Labor Center open on Laguna Canyon Road. After nearly a year of negotiations, officials recently came to an agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on how much rent the city will pay for use of the land. City Manager Ken Frank said the city will pay $420 a month for use of the site for one year. Frank was authorized by the City Council to negotiate the lease terms. The lease agreement was worked out last year and states the city will pay a monthly rent of whatever the "fair market value" for property in the canyon is. When the lease was written in 2006, the fair market value had yet to be determined.
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By Barbara Diamond | January 16, 2008
The city has put in a formal $18,000 bid for the day labor site in Laguna Canyon owned by Caltrans. State law requires that the parcel be offered to certain public agencies. Bidding will be open for 60 days through mid-February. The city’s bid was mailed Jan. 9. “We have sent the letter indicating we are interested,” City Manager Ken Frank said. “They have received the letter, but they have to keep the bidding open to see if anybody else responds. If not, we will buy the property.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
At the request of Laguna College of Art + Design's president, Caltrans and the city are looking at ways to speed up installation of a traffic signal along state-owned Laguna Canyon Road. LCAD President Jonathan Burke's request comes after 22-year-old Nina Fitzpatrick, a fine-arts student, died after she was hit by a car in the crosswalk at 8:45 p.m. April 3 in front of the main campus, at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. Police said an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan struck Fitzpatrick, who lived in Costa Mesa.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council determined that more public input is needed before it makes any recommendations to Caltrans about possibly increasing speed limits along six sections of state-owned Coast Highway. The council voted unanimously Tuesday night for the city's Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee to discuss the topic and then bring the matter back to the council. City staff sought the council's input on whether to boost speed limits by 5 mph along six sections of Coast Highway, primarily in north Laguna, although one stretch calls for boosting the speed limit from 40 mph to 45 mph from Hinkle Place to Catalina Avenue in South Laguna, a city staff report said.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
I'm an artist. I have had a studio in my home on Sun Valley Drive since 1974. I have taught at the Laguna College of Art + Design and shown my work at the Laguna Museum of Art, and am actively exhibiting my work in Orange County, Los Angeles and elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Although I support the concept of artist live-work, I oppose this project because it is too big and at the wrong location. It will change the character of the canyon and have a negative effect on the Sun Valley neighborhood.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 23, 2014
The City Council unanimously voted for staff to research which property owners could be charged to replace a deteriorating wooden bridge. The bridge, which connects Laguna Canyon Road to Milligan Drive and is referred to as the Milligan Drive bridge, needs replacement not repair, public works director Steve May told the council on Tuesday. A new bridge could cost $320,000. That figure includes estimates from engineering firms AndersonPenna Partners Inc. and Geofirm as well as city and possible engineering costs.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
Cleanup in the wake of the Nov. 1 landslide in north Laguna Beach could cause traffic delays for the next month.  One northbound lane of Coast Highway was closed earlier this week as crews cleaned up the dirt and rocks that slid onto North Coast Highway, about 500 feet north of Moro Ridge Road, Caltrans spokeswoman Cindy Azima said. No one was hurt and no cars were damaged in the slide, which occurred about 3 p.m. Nov. 1, Azima said. The slide's cause has not been determined, she said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 4, 2013
Thousands of bridges across the country are in danger of collapsing, according to a report in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times. Add one more. The bridge to the privately owned Milligan Drive urgently needs to be repaired, or better yet replaced, before it falls into the Laguna Canyon Channel, according to Public Works Director Steve May. Limited by law on the funding of private improvement projects, the council voted to loan the neighborhood $30,000...
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By Bryce Alderton | August 28, 2013
Following complaints about pedestrian safety on Laguna Canyon Road, Caltrans is planning to install a traffic signal in front of Laguna College of Art + Design. The signal system would replace the current flashing yellow light on the road outside the college's main campus, California Transporation Department spokesman David Richardson said. Caltrans is footing the bill for the project but the exact cost has not been determined, Richardson said. "There's a safety concern at this part of the road," college President Jonathan Burke said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 15, 2013
Emerald Bay representatives have asked Laguna Beach to support proposed improvements to the ingress and egress at the main entrance to the gated community that do not include a traffic signal, which the city is on record as opposing. City Manager John Pietig informed the City Council at the Aug. 6 meeting that the request was made at a recent meeting that he and Mayor Kelly Boyd attended with representatives of CalTrans, the Emerald Bay Services District and the Main Gate Executive Committee.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 7, 2012
A proposed traffic signal has pitted Emerald Bay residents against one another, with supporters intending to pursue the installation, regardless of opposition from their neighbors. Supporters of the signal say it is the cornerstone of the proposal packaged by the Emerald Bay Special Services District and Emerald Bay Community Assn. boards as a safety project. Opponents say they would support other elements of the proposed project, which include landscaping, relocating the gate house further back on Emerald Bay property, adding an ingress lane to Shamrock Road, and extending turning and merging lanes on the highway.
NEWS
September 23, 2011
The California Department of Transportation on Monday will start resurfacing Laguna Canyon Road, between Forest Avenue and the 73 Toll Road. Asphalt grinding will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for three or four days, according to a city press release. Paving will begin Wednesday and carry on from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. There will be no work on weekends. The project is intended to repair worn pavement and enhance its longevity. The city expects the project to be completed by November.
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