The Laguna Beach Police Department will try a new approach to relieve
heavy traffic after the Fourth of July fireworks.
“The town becomes a total gridlock as people try to leave,” said Sgt.
Every year people come from all over Orange County to stake their
claim at Heisler Park and other beaches for barbecues and picnics well
before the annual fireworks display. It’s the classic case of first to
arrive, last to leave and when they do, Laguna’s streets experience the
red glow of brake lights.
In years past, getting out of downtown Laguna could take up to an hour
and half, said Higgins. The congestion in the Canyon quickly affects
residents and visitors trying to return to their homes or hotels.
From 9:30 to 11 p.m., the department will designate the two-way
left-turn lane on Laguna Canyon Road as an additional outbound lane.
Higgins cautioned Canyon residents who live on the stretch between Canyon
Acres and El Toro Road that the traffic system might impact their route
home. Residents driving into town on Laguna Canyon Road should plan to
either arrive after 11 p.m. or drive past their street and make a U-turn
Ultimately the department hopes that the system will allow everyone to
get home safely and efficiently.
“We want to help clear traffic and let people get home faster,”