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SAN RAMON CANYON / STORM DRAIN PROJECT

Project Summary

The San Ramon Canyon / Storm Drain Project (a.k.a. Palos Verdes Drive East / Palos Verdes Drive South Roadway Stabilization) Project is located in the southeastern corner of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at its border with the City of Los Angeles.  The canyon also adjoins L.A. County’s Regional Friendship Park.  The canyon provides a natural drainage course for neighborhoods near Palos Verdes Drive East.  Landslide induced rock and soil deposits in the canyon bottom are being transported by heavy rainfall events down the canyon and are flooding the roadway, overwhelming existing drainage facilities, endangering nearby roadway integrity and threatening downstream residents.

Project Approach

Despite the urgency of the situation at the project site, an undertaking of this complexity takes time to study, plan, design and construct so that the most appropriate solution can be found.  Environmental, economic and constructability issues all must be addressed.  Funding solutions must be identified and area stakeholders must be engaged.  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has been working with technical teams from the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County as well as local, state and federal elected officials to discuss solutions, secure funding and forge cooperation to move this project forward.  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has completed a Project Study Report (PSR), which identified a recommended alternative that was approved by the City Council. The Council also authorized beginning final design work on of the recommended alternative. Final design is expected to be complete by the end of May 2012. Environmental permitting should also be complete in early Spring 2012 following adoption of favorable findings by the City Council on December 20, 2012.  Construction could begin as early as the Fall of 2012 if adequate funding can be obtained by then.

Project Updates

 

Project Milestones to date:

Nov. 2008   RPV City Council directs Staff to begin pre-design work
    • Click here to view Power Point presentation to Council
Aug. 2009   Site Visit with US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Dec. 2009  Letter of Partnership signed by Mayor Wolowicz, LA County Supervisor Don Knabe and LA City Councilmember Janice Hahn
Mar. 2010 RPV City Council awards PSR contract to Harris and Associates
    • Click here to view Power Point presentation to Council
May 2010 Public Information Gathering Meeting
May 2010   Meeting with Elected Officials at Congressman Rohrabacher’s Office
Jun. 2010 Agencies Technical Teams Meeting
Jul. 2010     Public Outreach Meeting (preliminary field investigations update)
    • Click here to view Power Point presentation from PSR team
Jan. 2011 Project Study Report Presented to City Council
    • Click here to view the Project Study Report
Mar. 2011 Project Study Report Public Workshop
    • Click here to view the workshop presentations graphics
    • Click here to view the workshop presentations text
July 2011 Notice for Early Consultation of Draft Environmental Document
    • Click here to view Notice for Early Consultation of Draft Environmental Document
    • Click here to view Draft Environmental Document
Sept. 2011

Received word of recommendation for grant funding on draft list prepared by DWR Staff

    • Click here to view draft list of projects recommended for Storm Water Flood Management Grant funding.
Nov. 2011 Environmental Documents for Public Review.
Dec. 2011 City Council adopts environmental documents and approves Coastal Permit
    • Click here to view December 20, 2011 Staff Report and adopted resolutions
Jan. 2012 California Department of Water Resources Awards $9.5 Million grant

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RPV Public Works                               
30940 Hawthorne Blvd.                         
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 
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