A half-mile section of the popular South Bay Bicycle Trail in Playa del Rey is set to receive a major upgrade next year that is expected to be ready in time for the summer.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, October 17th, to approve the project and solicit bids for an upgrade of the bicycle path between 62nd Avenue and Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey.

The South Bay Bicycle Trail, which runs mostly along public beaches, stretches approximately 22 miles between Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades and Torrance County Beach.

The improvement project involves contracting for the reconstruction of the existing bicycle trail, including stabilization, new concrete and base material, and installation of striping and pavement markings.

Construction crews will replace all of the concrete on the path and perform stabilization work to ensure that the concrete does not buckle, said David Sommers, spokesman for county Supervisor Don Knabe.

The construction cost is estimated between $355,000 and $415,000 for the project, which is part of the Department of Public Works’ ongoing program for the construction and maintenance of bicycle trails.

Funding for the project is provided from Proposition C local return funds, Sommers said.

County officials said the project is consistent with the County Strategic Plan goal of strategic excellence because it is intended to provide improved bike path facilities for the public.

The Department of Public Works, which regularly performs inspections of the beach bicycle trail to ensure the path is safe, recommended to county officials that the Playa del Rey section was one of the areas in most need of repair and upgrades, Sommers said.

As part of the project, Public Works officials will “clearly mark” a detour around the construction area for path users, he said.

The deadline for construction bids for the project is Tuesday, November 14th.

County officials said the project is expected to start in February, with work taking about 60 days to complete.

“The key is to get it done before the peak of the summer season,” Sommers said.

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