The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works plans to replace nearly 20,000 linear feet (approximately 3.8 miles) of pipeline in a three-phase project in Marina del Rey beginning in April.

Julian Juarez, project manager of the Marina del Rey Waterline Replacement Project, presented the plans at the Marina del Rey Design Control Board meeting on Thursday, September 24th at the Burton Chace Park Community Building in Marina del Rey.

The first phase was completed in 2002 and was related to the City of Los Angeles connections, said Juarez.

Juarez said that the existing pipeline, constructed in 1962, has exceeded its service life of 40 years. He said the pipe is expensive to maintain and the ten-inch and 14-inch-diameter water mains are undersized to meet current domestic and fire protective demands.

The existing system forms a loop around the Marina, and the main service connection is supplied through the City of Los Angeles.

The new 18-inch-diameter steel pipeline will be replaced along Fiji, Admiralty and Bora Bora ways and Via Marina in the same alignment as the old pipeline and the old system will be abandoned in place.

The project is scheduled to be advertised for bid in December and will be constructed in two phases, consisting of installing approximately 9,500 linear feet of 18-inch pipeline beginning in April 2010 along Admiralty Way.

The third phase consists of installing approximately 9,800 linear feet of 18-inch pipeline in April 2011, beginning along Fiji Way to Via Marina and ending at Panay Way.

The new system is expected to increase reliability, provide for the new developments in the Marina, and improve connections with the City of Los Angeles, Juarez said.

The channel crossing is the most vulnerable and is very expensive, but it will become obsolete with the new pipeline system and will not be replaced, Juarez said.

Phase 2 begins in May, with an expected 12-month construction time.

Phase 3 starts soon after in July 2011, and is expected to finish in August 2012.

Juarez said construction will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (non-peak hours) Monday through Friday to accommodate the concerns of residents and visitors.

The first lane will be closed and work will be done on the shoulder. Traffic cones and flashing message boards will be used to warn drivers of the work.

The closed lane will be opened up each evening for normal traffic use, Juarez said.

Information will be available on a monthly bulletin once the project begins, he said.

Design Control Board chair Peter Phinney expressed concern that with several projects slated for the Marina, there wouldn’t be any coordination with the Marina sewer line replacement project or the City of Los Angeles Venice Dual Force Pump Plant Project if it moved forward. County representatives said that there would be coordination of the projects.

Information, Julian Juarez at (626) 300-4693,

jjuarez@dpw.lacounty.gov/,

www.lacwaterworks.org/, or

http://beaches.lacounty.gov/.

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