Palisades Driver: Heavy Traffic Expected on Brentwood’s Sunset Corridor

Drivers can expect more traffic Wednesday, Oct. 1, from Barrington to Westgate avenues as the Department of Water and Power completes an important electrical upgrade in Brentwood’s Sunset traffic corridor, Councilmember Mike Bonin announced Friday.

The work will take place from  a.m. and 3 p.m., Bonin stated in an email.

DWP is undertaken the project to an end ongoing brownouts in Brentwood, Bonin explained.

Construction required digging of trenches on Sunset Boulevard, which caused more traffic congestion to nearby neighborhoods. The cable pulling part of the project was completed during nighttime hours to reduce heavy daytime traffic after DWP acquired work permit for evening hours, he said.

But Bonin said his office recently learned DWP scheduled next Wednesday, Oct. 1 to repave Sunset from Barrington to Westgate between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to finish the job.

Concerned about adding traffic to the area on a weekday, Bonin asked DWP to examine the idea of doing repaving work during the weekend, “or any time other than business hours during the week.”

“Unfortunately, after DWP evaluated other options they reported that while alternative times did not reduce traffic impacts significantly, the other times would significantly increase the cost of the project,” Bonin wrote.

Bonin said he understands that projects adding traffic to already-congested streets are not ideal. However, he is asking for nearby residents and drivers to be patient as the work is finished.

Drivers are advised to avoid Sunset from Barrington to Westgate between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. while worker repave next Wed. Oct.1.