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Pumping Plant Construction Will Continue and General Information

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Marina del Rey’s Via Marina is an obstacle course for cars to the jetty because of the pipeline construction which will continue for a couple of years. Nick Antonicello asked questions of Eileen Schoetzow, a spokesman for the Venice Auxiliary Pumping Plant, and passed both the questions and the answers to Update for publication.

What will be the hours of construction?
Construction Hours – The operation of construction equipment shall occur only between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturdays. No construction activity shall occur on national holidays or at any time on Sundays. Access to the construction site may occur prior to construction hours for the purpose of set up, conducting safety meetings, etc. The use of the pile driver, grader and jackhammer construction equipment shall be limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, specific work related to the VAPP connection to the manifold will be exempt from these hours, along with any emergency conditions or unforeseen work that would require the use of this equipment to complete a specific task in one continuous work event. Haul trucks can only access the site through local neighborhood streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Construction personnel shall not be permitted on the Project Site (including laydown and storage areas) outside of the hours of 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Material or equipment deliveries and collections shall not occur outside the hours of 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. In addition, no construction worker parking would be allowed along Hurricane Street or on adjacent local streets. Construction workers shall park offsite and arrive by shuttle to the construction site, as arranged by the construction contractor.

Will construction be conducted on weekends?
The operation of construction equipment shall occur only between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturdays. No construction activity shall occur on national holidays or at any time on Sundays.

What amount of cubic yards of fill will be excavated and removed on a per day basis?
10,000 cubic yards of soil will be excavated, of which approximately 2,300 cubic yards would be stockpiled at 128 Hurricane St and approximately 7,700 cubic yards will be stockpiled offsite. If needed, up to 3,850 cubic yards will be imported (returned) back to the VAPP site use as backfill. The balance of the exported soil is expected to be used as cover at an area landfill, such as Sunshine Canyon. The excavation and hauling phase will last about 3 months. 6 days a week for 12 weeks = 72 days. 7,700 cy/72 days = approximately 107 cy per day.

How long will the first phase of excavation take and what will be the impact on local streets and traffic?
Excavation will take approximately two to three months. The number of haul truck trips generated by the project are expected to be up to a total of 48 daily one-way vehicle trips. The CEQA threshold for traffic trips is 500 per day or 48 peak hour trips. Based on this criteria, there will be no significant impact to local streets and traffic.

During the various construction phases of the project, travel by construction workers and truck hauling of supplies and disposal would generate trips on the regional and local transportation system surrounding construction site. These trips would represent temporary increases during defined phases of construction and, upon completion of construction, would cease. The primary off-site impacts resulting from the movement of construction trucks would include a short-term and intermittent lessening of roadway capacities due to the slower movements and larger turning radii of the trucks compared to passenger vehicles. Drivers could experience delays if they were traveling behind a heavy truck. It is assumed that the soil hauling truck traffic would occur before the morning and afternoon peak commute hours. As such, the construction traffic impacts on the regional transportation network associated with the project would be short-term in nature and limited to the period of time when construction activity is taking place.

Will you make a more specific and final presentation before construction and will notifications be sent to those affected residents by letter?
Yes, the City Planning Department will send the Venice Neighborhood Council (NC) the Planning application with details and specifics soon. We can come out and present again once the application is mailed to the NC and to all the neighbors within a 500ft radius of the project site. City Planning will also send a hearing notice out next week for their hearing which is anticipated to be held sometime in early December . Just let me know when you receive City Planning’s packages and when you want us to come out again. We will be glad to get into more detail about the project.

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