Second lawsuit filed over Vista del Mar ‘road diet’

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Vista del Mar may be getting all of its traffic lanes back in coming weeks, however the legal mess over a controversial “road diet” and a number of other others in Playa del Rey is simply heating up.

Late Wednesday, hours after the Los Angeles Division of Transportation introduced that crews will restore two lanes of visitors and take away parking on the coastal thoroughfare starting Aug. 21, an activist group stated it filed a lawsuit towards the town.

The 29-page grievance from Hold L.A. Shifting alleges violations of due process, civil rights and the California Environmental Quality Act, and asks a decide to order modifications on Vista del Mar, Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard and Pershing Drive be reversed until an environmental analysis and public outreach is carried out.

It’s the second lawsuit over the Protected Streets for Playa del Rey Initiative, which eliminated 9.four miles of visitors lanes on main streets two months in the past in an effort to enhance security and stop pedestrian deaths.

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Vista del Mar was decreased to at least one lane in each course to make room for U-turn pockets and 400 angled parking spots, and stretches of Culver Boulevard, Jefferson Boulevard and Pershing Drive have been narrowed and given bike lanes.

The modifications resulted in bumper-to-bumper visitors and uproar from commuters, including many South Bay residents who use Vista del Mar to hook up with the Westside.

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