Thanks to Corona del Mar Today, those living in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar can read an update on the proposed CdM entryway redesign; part of the article follows:In a 6-1 vote at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, council members approved conceptual plans for a Corona del Mar entryway improvement.
The plan would remove a third lane at East Coast Highway near MacArthur Boulevard, converting the extra space to expanded sidewalks and landscape upgrades.
But Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, the lone dissenter, said she thought further studies were needed, and she feared that residents had no idea that they were going to lose a lane that many use to make a right turn onto Carnation Avenue, bypassing traffic that often backs up in that area.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of opposition,” she said. “I want to support it. I think we need to do studies.”
Several residents spoke at the meeting against the project, expressing concerns about traffic flow, losing the right turn lane onto Carnation Avenue and spending too much money on landscaping that would improve a limited area of Corona del Mar.
“It seems to me we have a town square at Marguerite,” said Ron Hendrickson, a Newport Beach man who has expressed concerns about the project at several public meetings.
Former Newport Beach Planning Commissioner Robert Hawkins also spoke against the plans, saying that the project should be vetted by the Planning Commission and environmental studies should be conducted before it received council approval.
Detailed design costs for the project would be about $100,000, with construction estimates at $1.2 million and yearly maintenance costs expected to be $43,500. The City Council will consider funding the project when it discusses its 2012-2012 budget…
Read the rest of this article by Corona del Mar Today here: “Council Approves CdM Entryway Conceptual Plans.” More details about this plan are also available on my blog here: “New entryway for Corona del Mar?“