In reviewing the plan for developing the 2nd St. and PCH intersection with a hotel and condos, it occurs to me that a very good way to improve the traffic situation would be to extend Studebaker Road southward at 2nd Street to connect with PCH just north of the river bridge to Seal Beach. This would allow many motorists traveling South on Studebaker, North on PCH and West on 2nd/Westminster to bypass the very busy 2nd & PCH intersection. To the right is a portion of the map from the Draft Environmental Impact Report on which I've marked this proposal.
I understand that there will be environmental concerns related to this but it seems to me that a roadway through the wetlands could be built with underpasses for wildlife and water flow. In fact, if the oil pumps were disguised or removed it would be a rather scenic bypass.
One look at the map suggests it’s a very logical way to relieve the traffic congestion we’ve all experienced, and would experience to an even greater degree when the site is developed.
Joe Fiori is a Seal Beach resident who lives near the proposed Long Beach project. The project, calls for a 12-story condominium, a 99-seat theater, a 100-room hotel and thousands of square feet for restaurants.