Culver Boulevard Realignment & Urban Stormwater Project

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Project Summary

The Culver Boulevard Realignment Project/Urban Runoff Infiltration and Retention Project is a combined initiative. 

Photograph of Road Work Ahead street sign


The Culver Boulevard Realignment Project is a continuation of the widening of Culver Blvd and will resolve traffic issues and improve pedestrian safety along the stretch of Culver Blvd between Elenda St on the east and Sepulveda Blvd on the west. Installation of a new raised bikeway/pedestrian landscaped median will also enhance aesthetics and improve mobility.

Photograph of stormwater flowing into street drain



The Urban Runoff Infiltration and Retention Project will incorporate into the Realignment Project structural storm water Best Management Practices that will recharge groundwater and retain and reuse captured urban run-off.

Construction will begin early 2020 and continue through September 2021.


Project Schedule

Construction started February 2020 and will continue for eighteen months through September 2021. Activities for each phase are described in Project Detail below.

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Phase 1 - February - March 2020

Phase 2 - April 2020 -  January 2021

Phase 3 - February - August 2021

Phase 4 - September 2021

Project Progress 

On January 28, 2019, the City Council approved the final plans and specifications for the project, the construction contract was awarded to Ortiz Enterprises Inc, and construction started February 2020.

Watch the project progress.

Timelapse Video 04/30/2020, Culver Blvd, Culver City CA

Timelapse Video 05/01/2020, Culver Blvd, Culver City CA


Photograph of progress on Culver Blvd Realignment Project at 05/05/2020, showing street trench with construction equipment diggingPhotograph of progress on Culver Blvd Realignment Project at 05/05/2020, showing street trench with construction equipment and trucks removing dirtPhotograph of progress on Culver Blvd Realignment Project at 05/05/2020, showing street trench

Images, May 5. 2020, Culver Blvd, Culver City CA, photos and video by Michael Baker Intl, used with permission


Traffic Advisory 

Work on Sepulveda Blvd will begin Friday May 22, 2020:

  • Sepulveda Blvd will be reduced to one lane in each direction on approach to Culver Blvd, and

  • The left turn pocket from southbound Sepulveda Blvd to eastbound Culver Blvd will be eliminated and a detour posted.

This work is expected to last approximately 4 months and traffic lane access will be restored in September 2020.

Project Detail

Culver Boulevard Realignment Project  

Photograph of Culver Blvd imprinted in cementThe Culver Boulevard Realignment Project continues the widening of Culver Blvd that was initiated by Caltrans in 2009 as part of the widening improvements to the 405 Freeway. The roject will resolve traffic issues, improve pedestrian safety, and enhance aesthetics along the stretch of Culver Blvd between Elenda St on the east and Sepulveda Blvd on the west and includes installation of a new raised bikeway/pedestrian/landscaping median separating the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic.

Urban Runoff Infiltration and Retention Project 

Cartoon drawing of stormwater movement from homes/businesses and streets to oceanIn order to comply with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (Order No R4-2012-0175) and the Enhanced Watershed Management Program Plan, the City will incorporate into the Realignment Project structural storm water Best Management Practices (BMP’s). These include infiltration galleries for groundwater recharge and retention basins to treat and reuse captured urban run-off to irrigate the local landscaping along the raised median. Additional BMPs, such as bio-swales and drywells, will also be included to address surface run-off from Culver Blvd.

Culver Blvd Stormwater Project schematic diagram for Culver Blvd median, showing how surface water is captured, treated, stored and reused



The infiltration galleries and retention basins will be constructed under the raised median. There are two existing storm drains, 87-inch and 66-inch diameters, passing through the project site at Sepulveda Blvd and Harter Ave. These two storm drains will be the primary source of storm water and urban run-off. All storm water and urban run-off will be pre-treated using multiple treatment systems prior to entering the infiltration galleries or retention basins. The project site has the volume capacity to treat the first 1.1 inch of rain from approximately 344 acres. 

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines, an Initial Study (IS) determined that the project will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment with mitigation incorporated. A Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) finding is appropriate.

The Initial Study and all the project documents are available for review through the links below. 

Road Closed Clipart - b/wPhase 1
Bulldozer clipartPhase 2
Street light clipartPhase 3
Road clipartPhase 4

Questions and Information 

For more information, please call the Public Works Engineering Division at (310) 253-5600.


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