Phase II Begins on Bluff Stabilization Project

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Long Beach Bluff

photo by Barbara Holbrook / Everything Long Beach

The City Of Long Beach has begun work on the second phase of a project to stabilize the bluff along Ocean Boulevard. Phase II of the Ocean Boulevard Erosion and Enhancement Project stretches from 20th Place to Paloma Avenue.

“Protecting the bluff and mitigating further erosion will help Long Beach maintain its beautiful coastline for all to enjoy,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

The bluffs will be stabilized with soil-nailing technology, which involves inserting approximately 2,500 30-foot-long steel anchor rods into the bluff. The sidewalk on top of the bluff will be repaired, and new handrails, similar to the existing ones, will be installed.

“This bluff stabilization project will provide for the long-term stability of the bluff as well as create a more aesthetically pleasing environment,” said Councilmember Gary DeLong, who represents the 3rd District.

The project includes native landscaping, including planter pockets, and a new drip irrigation system that will mitigate future soil erosion.

A series of temporary protective screens will be utilized on top of the bluff, during times when work is occurring below on the bluff.

Work is expected to be completed in May 2014, and the project’s budget of $4.4 million is funded by the Tidelands Operations Fund, with no impact on the General Fund.

Phase I stabilized the area between Redondo Avenue and 36th Place, and was completed in 2012.

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