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Corona del Mar Today: CdMHS pool lot construction starts

July 14, 2012|By Amy Senk
  • Construction on the Corona del Mar High School pool parking lot has begun with hopes that traffic will flow more smoothly during drop off and pick up when school begins in September.
Construction on the Corona del Mar High School pool parking… (Amy Senk, Daily…)

Construction on the Corona del Mar High School pool parking lot has begun with hopes that traffic will flow more smoothly during drop-off and pick-up when school begins in September.

Last fall, members of the school's PTA complained about congestion in the lot and demanded changes.

"The bus drop-off has been moved to a new dedicated space off Eastbluff [Drive] to keep the buses entirely out of the north lot," according to an email written from Deputy Supt. Paul Reed. "That alone, plus the expanded stacking space in the lot itself, should improve traffic around CdM in the crazy morning period."

District officials worked with the school's resource police officer and city of Newport Beach traffic engineers to formulate a plan that would reduce congestion. Officials implemented a trial run of the reconfiguration in May.

The email said that district and city officials had "high hopes" that traffic flow would improve with the changes.

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"Of course, the morning commute for residents paired with the start time of a 7-12 campus will always have its challenges. We're hopeful they will be lesser challenges, however."

The parking lot was revamped four years ago, the email said.

"When we initially moved the tennis courts and created the lot expansion we knew that we only had a temporary fix," he said. "But we needed to provide off-set parking for the back parking lot we would have to restrict during the upcoming construction projects."

At the time, however, funding was not available.

"Nonetheless, we did everything we could to deliver that project cost effectively with an eye toward what we knew would be a second phase," the email said. "The second phase, tying the two lots together and improving the traffic flow, was going to require new drainage in the old lot and a number of other coordinating issues."

The cost of the pool lot construction was not immediately available, said Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Laura Boss.

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