Officials hope to analyze whether traffic is improved, or worsened, by moving the squeeze-lane, where three lanes merge to two, away from the MacArthur Boulevard intersection. The Corona del Mar Business Improvement District is paying for the study, which could pave the way for an entryway beautification project.
Newport Beach Traffic Engineer Tony Brine said the study would not include replacement of lost parking spaces, nor would it make Carnation Avenue one-way near the East Coast Highway intersection.
If the project goes forward, parking spaces would be replaced, city officials said. Carnation also could become one-way, at least for a block, to improve traffic flow.
Proponents of the entryway project believe that traffic will flow more smoothly when the squeeze lane is moved, although some members of the public have stated that they fear traffic will be worse than ever, particularly during crowded summer days.
The beautification project would take the former traffic lane and expand sidewalks and add landscaping.
Coastline Car Classic charity dinner set for July 25
Tickets are on sale for a charity dinner hosted by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at Mastro's Ocean Club.
The July 25 event will kick off celebrations for the 2012 Coastline Car Classic, which will take place Sept. 9. Tickets cost $125 per person and include a four-course meal, wine and entertainment.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Chamber President Linda Leonhard said.
The event is in its fourth year and will sell out, Leonhard said. To reserve a seat, call (949) 673-4050. Mastro's is at 8112 E. Coast Hwy.