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Deputy Public Works Director and City Engineer
The traffic signal at Hawthorne Boulevard and Rolling Hills Road was temporarily affected by recent construction on Hawthorne Boulevard between the south city limit and Palos Verdes Drive North, said Craig Bilezerian, an engineering manager in the Torrance Public Works Department.
That stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard runs through an unincorporated section of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Rolling Hills Estates. "The construction caused an unexpected malfunction in the vehicle detection system, resulting in a short `green' time for northbound traffic on Hawthorne Boulevard," Bilezerian said.
Although construction has not been scheduled, it is expected to begin in the fall of 2011, said Craig Bilezerian, the engineering manager for the Torrance Public Works Department.
The project includes pavement repairs and replacement of damaged curbs, gutters and sidewalks, similar to the construction upgrades recently completed for the Torrance Boulevard rehabilitation project, he said. Currently, the section of 182nd Street between Crenshaw Boulevard and the San Diego (405) Freeway northbound on-ramps and off-ramps is not included in the plan. However, if there is sufficient funding, the city could add that to the project, Bilezerian said. People with questions about the Crenshaw project can contact Bilezerian, and those with questions about about maintenance
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However, there are instances when the coordination is disrupted at an intersection on the route, said Craig Bilezerian, the engineering manager for the Torrance Public Works Department.
In general, the signals are programmed so that during peak periods a platoon of vehicles traveling the posted speed limit should be given a green light as it approaches each intersection, Bilezerian said. When there is an unusually high volume of traffic, not all vehicles approaching a traffic signal would be able to pass through the intersection the first time, he said. Emergency vehicles also can affect signal synchronization. When an emergency vehicle traveling on a cross street pre-empts the traffic signal on an arterial street such as Prairie/Madrona, signal coordination may be disrupted. Consequently, it requires several cycles for the traffic signals to return to proper coordination, Bilezerian said. Additionally, Bilezerian said, Torrance and other local agencies work with the county Department of Public Works to coordinate signal timing along major arterial corridors so that their is a regional benefit from synchronization.
The Del Amo Boulevard extension project includes the installation of three new traffic signals, said Craig Bilezerian, engineering manager for Torrance's Public Works Department.
The new signals on Del Amo Boulevard will be at Madrid, Maple and Mariner avenues. The locations were determined in 2004 as part of an environmental impact report prepared for the project, Bilezerian said. The EIR studied traffic circulation and project impacts, he said. It also incorporated comments made at various public meetings, Bilezerian said. The new signals should be installed within two years as part of the overall construction of the Del Amo Boulevard extension project, he said.