ENGINEERING MANAGER: Ted Semaan
The City of Torrance is situated on the western side of Los Angeles County. It is boarded by the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the south, the City of Gardena on the north, the City of Redondo Beach on the north and west boundaries, the City of Lomita on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The City encompasses an area of approximately 21 square miles and has an estimated population of approximately 149,111, which makes it the sixth largest city in Los Angeles County.
Pacific Coast Highway and Hawthorne Boulevard, State Routes SR-1 and SR-107 respectively, are important highways in the City of Torrance linking numerous South Bay communities. They serve both commuters and local residents. At their intersection, each is a 6-lane roadway with raised center medians; all three (3) lanes in each direction are used as travel lanes at all times. Hawthorne northbound at the intersection also includes two (2) left turn lanes; southbound consists of two (2) left turn lanes and a right turn lane separated by a traffic signal island. Pacific Coast Highway both eastbound and westbound includes one (1) left turn lane in addition to their three (3) through lanes. The immediate vicinity of this intersection consists mostly of commercial development, and within less than a square mile of this intersection are eight (8) schools and the Torrance Municipal Airport.
The purpose of this project is to enhance the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Hawthorne Boulevard, which will also provide operational relief along these routes and to the I-405 Freeway.
The project is intended to widen and upgrade the intersection via the acquisition of right-of-way, construction of dedicated right and left-hand turn pockets, restriping, and resignalization. Utility relocation will be required.
City Council awarded a design services contract on August 8, 2012. The project is currently in design.
This project is an eligible Measure R Highway Program signals/intersection and street widening project on an arterial with a nexus and benefit to the I-405 freeway. The total project budget for design, right-of-way acquisition, construction and inspection is $19 million.
DRAFT CONCEPT-PLANNING MAP DOCUMENT
For questions about this project, please contact Ted Semaan, Engineering Manager at (310) 781-6900 or by email at TSemaan@TorranceCA.gov.