As reported in the Daily Breeze, Rancho Palos Verdes learned this week it is likely to receive a large state grant to help stabilize crumbling San Ramon Canyon, which threatens to destroy a major roadway and flood some 250 homes during rainy season.
The project is expected to be the city's biggest public works undertaking ever, and it's a top priority for City Hall, elected officials and City Council candidates during the ongoing campaign season.
It's become more urgent since the heavy rains of 2005, when canyon walls began to erode more quickly, pushing the edge ever closer to switchbacks on Palos Verdes Drive East, the main roadway on the east side of The Hill. To the south, at the mouth of the canyon, regular flooding and debris block Palos Verdes Drive South during storms.
The city is up for $9.4 million toward the stabilization project, which would require diverting rainwater through a new 1,900-foot underground tunnel and 1,700-foot pipeline to a drain outlet on an oceanfront bluff. A consultant is now drafting a design that should be complete in spring, Senior Engineer Ron Dragoo said.
The overall project would cost about $20 million, and the city is seeking federal funding as well.
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