Councilwoman Suzie Price

Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price speaks at the Ocean Boulevard meeting. 

The second half of a “road diet” for the Belmont Shore portion of Ocean Boulevard is set to start Tuesday.

This work will turn the westbound side of the street from 54th Place (the entrance to the Peninsula) and Livingston Drive into a one-lane street. Eastbound traffic was reduced to one lane in December.

“This results in reducing traffic speeds, which have been an ongoing concern to residents for years,” Price said in a release. “(That’s done) by making the road feel more like the residential street it is rather than the wide open highway it has been treated like for years.”

Restriping is the primary method to accomplish the reduction in lanes. A dedicated bike lane will be added. However, parking will remain parallel to the roadway rather than diagonal as was added on the eastbound side of the street. That was done to accommodate the wishes of residents, the statement said.

According to Price, Long Beach Traffic Engineering Bureau studies since eastbound Ocean Boulevard showed that commuters in the peak evening hours increased travel time on the section by 14 seconds (assuming they were driving the speed limit).

The restriping work is scheduled to take three days, finishing on Thursday.

—Harry Saltzgaver

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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