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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 44  |  June 2, 2020

City Announces completion of Village Entrance Project

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce the completion of the Village Entrance Project, a two-year construction project focused on enhanced pedestrian safety and circulation, improved traffic flow, and new public open space located at the gateway to the City.

The completed project stretches along Laguna Canyon Road from Forest Avenue to Art-A-Fair and was dedicated by the Laguna Beach City Council with a virtual ribbon cutting this morning, Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m. To view the ribbon cutting event, visit the City’s Facebook page here.

City announces Village 1

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The Village Entrance Project is now complete 

 “The Project’s new bridges, wider multi-use trail, and paved access roads improve pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver safety at one of the busiest and most visible intersections in town,” said Laguna Beach Assistant City Manager Shohreh Dupuis. 

Additional Village Entrance Project elements include decorative lighting, extensive landscaped planting areas, new vehicular and pedestrian bridges, and water quality features such as basins and permeable pavers. 

“The Village Entrance Project’s new pedestrian walkways, benches, bike racks, and beautifully landscaped green spaces create a first impression to the City of Laguna Beach that we can all be proud of,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “And at a time when outdoor activity is so important to our community, this project’s completion comes at the perfect moment.”

City announces Village 2

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The two-year project focused on enhanced pedestrian safety and circulation

Laguna Beach Village Entrance Project highlights include: 

--Wide multi-use trails made from decorative concrete and decomposed granite to create a pedestrian-friendly environment, including many bicycle racks and rammed-earth seat wall benches. 

--Extensive landscaping throughout the site, including the planting of 75 new trees, 3,250 shrubs, and 50 flats of ground cover.

--Decorative fencing along the drainage channel to replace the chain link fence.

--New wider vehicle bridge and a new pedestrian bridge at Lot 10 to improve vehicle access, parking circulation, and separate vehicles from pedestrians.

--New bridge to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to parking from Laguna Canyon Road.

City announces Village 3

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Additional elements include decorative lighting and pedestrian bridges 

--A total of six electric vehicle charging stations in Lots 11 and 12.

--Reconstruction of the Employee Parking Lot and parking area behind City Hall.

--Reconstruction of deteriorated retaining walls in Lot 12 (Lumberyard Parking Lot).

--Demolition of aging Marine Safety and Police support buildings and construction of replacement buildings.

“The City has succeeded in delivering a safe, beautiful area for our community to enjoy while delivering the project on time and on budget,” said Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig. 

For more information, contact Tom Perez, Village Entrance Project Director, at (949) 464-6688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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