Laguna Beach’s infamous Thousand Steps – 218 steps leading down one of the city’s beaches – will undergo “major construction” to correct a multitude of security threats.
The project to be carried out by Orange County Parks (OC Parks) will complete the repair of stairs and railings on the stairs. The site will be unavailable for use for the duration of the project, which is estimated to take two and a half months.
OC Parks spokeswoman Marissa O’Neill told The Epoch Times, “This project will entail major repairs to the stairwell to provide a safe way to access Thousand Steps Beach.”
“The project will repair and fix all broken steps, chipped and worn concrete, and replace damaged rebar. A total of 218 concrete stairs and about 10 wooden stairs, posts and railings will be repaired.
Park officials determined after a maintenance investigation that repairs were urgently needed, as thousands of steps were the only public way to descend to the beach due to the high volume of people using the stairs every day. Officials have even “spot-fixed” the stairs several times, but they have worn out over the years.
The stairs have a very steep climb with short steps, making the trek both up and down the stairs difficult for many people, especially when carrying towels, chairs, backpacks, and more to and from the beach—something like that. Which usually happens in sandals – the risk of getting an accident increases.
Despite this, there has been only one documented injury on the stairs in the past four years, O’Neill said.
Construction is set to begin September 20, and will cost approximately $600,000, O’Neill said, which will be paid for by OC Parks. Contractions will only happen on weekdays.
With the stairs being the only public access to the beach, the beach will be effectively closed to the public during the construction period, although there are a few detached houses along the cliff that have private stairs leading to the beach.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times