Residents, get ready for another Belt Parkway boondoggle!
During Manhattan Beach Community Group’s January 27 meeting, Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo explained the three projects occurring simultaneously in our area. We’ve already written about these projects, and nothing has changed, but it’s worth watching the video to see Scavo’s frustration with the plans as well MBCG member’s shocked reactions. The projects (and links to our coverage) are:
- The “Seven Bridge” project (and here)
- The replacement of guardrails, medians, and drainage systems from Coney Island Avenue to Knapp Street
- The East 8th Street/Guider Avenue Bridge reconstruction (and here)
The projects, some of which have already started, will cause tremendous delays over the next couple of years. The last project – replacement of the East 8th Street bridge – is slated to start any day and will see 15-minute closures of the Belt Parkway. In the video, you’ll see Scavo explaining the breaks and point out that they could go on for a year and a half – “and that’s if the weather is good and everything, give it some time and I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it longer,” she said over the crowd’s grumbling. She also said in the video that with the three projects at the same time “nothing’s gonna move, but they [DOT officials] don’t want to hear this.”
On a side note, if you find this sort of video clip useful or interesting, let me know in the comments section and we’ll be sure to do it more in the future.