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To: From: Date: Diego Alvarez, Program Director, LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study Robin Ijams April 15, 2013
Subject: Construction Analysis of Lincoln Boulevard Realignment
At your request, this memorandum has been prepared to address public claims that suggest realignment of the segment of Lincoln Boulevard from the W. Westchester Parkway grade separation to S. Sepulveda Boulevard proposed as part of the SPAS BOAC-Selected Alternative would require a two-year closure of Lincoln Boulevard. CDM Smith has reviewed these claims and determined that there is no reasonable basis to believe this type project (i.e., construction of the realigned Lincoln Boulevard associated with implementation of the SPAS Board-Selected Alternative) would require the complete closure of the existing roadway (Lincoln Boulevard) at any time during construction, let alone for an extended period. As indicated in the SPAS Final EIR, this realignment of Lincoln Boulevard is conceptual in nature, and considered at only a programmatic level of analysis in the EIR. Consequently, no construction phasing plans for the subject improvement have been prepared, as such plans would be more appropriately developed in conjunction with more detailed future planning and design of that project. (See SPAS Final EIR, Topical Response TR-SPAS-LR-1 – Lincoln Boulevard Realignment.) CDM Smith’s research regarding the aforementioned claims included consideration of factors that could influence the construction phasing approach for a typical road realignment project, such as the site setting and the basic nature and characteristics of the realignment concept, particularly as related to whether a lengthy period of roadway closure (i.e., existing Lincoln Boulevard) would be warranted. CDM Smith’s evaluation was accomplished by identifying the basic phases of a typical roadway realignment program such as that conceptually proposed for Lincoln Boulevard, based on expert opinion and professional experience on other projects of a similar nature. Specifically, the review was conducted by Mr. Mark Orton, PE, PTOE, who has 37 years of experience in highway design, encompassing hundreds of projects with a total value in excess of $400 million, in coordination with Mr. Patrick Tomcheck, LAWA’s Senior Transportation Engineer. In light of the site setting and basic characteristics of this conceptual improvement, no long-term closure of Lincoln Boulevard is anticipated to be required in order to complete the realignment of Lincoln Boulevard. The boundaries of the project site are in an undeveloped area that is owned and controlled by LAWA. The majority of the realigned segment of Lincoln Boulevard would be located
Diego Alvarez April 15, 2013 Page 2 several hundred feet away from the existing alignment. There are no land uses on either side of the planned alignment, with the exception of a radar facility that would be relocated as part of the project, and there are relatively few roadways that connect with the affected segment of Lincoln Boulevard and those that do connect have, for the most part, light traffic volumes. There are many possible construction phasing scenarios available for implementation of the Lincoln Boulevard realignment. One viable construction scenario would follow the standard roadway engineering practice to construct the new segment of a roadway while the existing roadway remains in operation, and then to tie the new roadway into the existing lanes (i.e., construct the new segment separate from the existing road and then connect the end points of the new roadway to existing roadway). Under this scenario, there could be minor interruptions to traffic on the existing roadway during construction of the main portion of the realigned roadway for transporting equipment and materials to the work site; however, no closures are anticipated during this phase. After the new roadway segment has been constructed, it would be connected to the existing portions of the roadway. As is often the case for such road projects, this tie-in phase would involve temporary closure of some of the travel lanes, but would not require the complete closure of the existing roadway. Furthermore, in the case of the SPAS project, Mitigation Measure ST-19 would require any such lane closures to occur during short periods at night and roadways would remain open until they are no longer needed for regular traffic, unless a detour route is available. In summary, even though construction plans and a construction phasing program for the realignment of Lincoln Boulevard have not yet been prepared, the site setting and basic nature and characteristics of the conceptual realignment indicate, based on professional practice, that the majority of the realigned roadway could be constructed separate from, and without interference to, traffic on existing Lincoln Boulevard. There is no reasonable basis to believe that construction of the realigned Lincoln Boulevard associated with implementation of the SPAS Board-Selected Alternative would require the complete closure of Lincoln Boulevard at any time during construction, let alone for an extended period. Partial lane closures would be required to connect the new roadway with the existing lanes at the north and south endpoints, but northbound and southbound travel would continue to be provided on Lincoln Boulevard during this phase.
Cynthia Guidry, LAWA Pat Tomcheck, LAWA