2016-10-27 / Community

Agoura Road widening project finally complete

By Stephanie Bertholdo


ON SOLID GROUND—Janet Turner, a representative for U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, was among the many local and regional officials who gathered on Oct. 18 for the opening of the newly widened Agoura Road. 
STEPHANIE BERTHOLDO/Acorn Newspaperst ON SOLID GROUND—Janet Turner, a representative for U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, was among the many local and regional officials who gathered on Oct. 18 for the opening of the newly widened Agoura Road. STEPHANIE BERTHOLDO/Acorn Newspaperst The widening of Agoura Road was capped off last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a gleaming new portion of the road next to the Agoura Animal Shelter in Agoura Hills.

Ramiro Adeva, director of public works for the city, said the new road that now features two lanes in each direction from the city’s western border with Westlake Village to Cornell Road in the east will greatly improve traffic.

Mayor Harry Schwarz said the expanded roadway was a “long time coming” and will provide a safe route connecting cars and people to the future Agoura Village development on Agoura Road.

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District took advantage of the yearlong construction to expand a pipeline that moves reclaimed water from the east side to the west side of the city.

Leonard Polan, a director with the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, said the district provided $1 million towards the recycled water pipeline. 

The installation of improved storm drains will help keep pollutants from entering Malibu Creek.

The city began the work in late 2015 and took steps to preserve 136 oak trees, over 30,000 square feet of scrub oak and a variety of other plants that attract migratory birds to the area.

Landscape medians, sidewalks and a bridge over Medea Creek were included in the project. Bike paths were built on both sides of the road.

Schwarz described old Agoura Road as dangerous. Blind curves created a challenge for motorists turning in and out of businesses. The new road will also be more conducive to emergency vehicles traveling it.

“Rest assured, we have a roadway that addresses safety,” Schwarz said. The expanded road will also improve conditions for pedestrians.

Funding for the approximately $ 19-million project was made possible through the voter-approved Measure R sales tax increase in 2008. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board chair John Fasana congratulated the city on the completed project.

“Transportation is the heart of the past and present of Agoura Hills,” Fasana said. The passage of Measure R, he said, demonstrated that people were willing to tax themselves to improve infrastructure.

Fasana listed other projects that have been completed or are underway due to the funding provided by Measure R, including improvements to Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and upcoming improvements on Lindero Canyon Road, to name a few.

Fasana promoted Measure M, a new sales tax increase aimed at attacking Los Angeles County gridlock that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The event ended with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Agoura Hills City Council members and other dignitaries.

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