FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 021216
Alamitos Avenue Street, Sidewalk Improvements Beginning
The City of Long Beach next week will begin street and sidewalk improvements on Alamitos Avenue, between 7th Street and Orange Avenue.
“These infrastructure improvements will increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "We are putting a special focus on safety around schools, parks, churches and other community sites.”
The project will remove one traffic lane in each direction as part of a traffic calming “road diet,” and augment the existing bicycle route with new and enhanced striping. One traffic lane will remain in each direction.
“I am a strong supporter of road diets and am glad to see one coming to Alamitos Avenue,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “Road diets contribute to pedestrian, bike and vehicular safety, as well as improve overall wellbeing.”
Alamitos Avenue has been identified as a pedestrian-priority area in the City’s Mobility Element, and a key link to the City’s bicycle network. These sidewalks are among the City’s identified safe routes to school.
“The Alamitos Avenue improvements will add to our continued emphasis on traffic and pedestrian safety,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “These improvements will connect Gumbiner Park, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum and create an educational open space for our local schools and residents.”
The improvements consist of resurfacing the pavement; repairing sidewalks; replacing damaged curbs and gutters; reconstructing deteriorated pavement; and installing pavement markers, markings, traffic striping, signing and curb paint.
“I have been working on this mobility project for over a year with Brian Ulaszewki, Director of City Fabrick,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews. “My main focus for creating the project is to make it safer for pedestrians and to create a livable mobility element that includes bike lanes. These will be the first bike lanes in the 6th District so I am very excited to see this much needed project come to fruition. The Alamitos Avenue project emphasizes access to everybody – hardworking residents on their way to and from work, parents walking their children to school, and bicyclists on their way to our fantastic businesses.”
More than 2,000 tons of old asphalt material will be removed and recycled into new asphalt or utilized as base material on other street projects. The street will be resurfaced with asphalt containing up to 15 percent recycled material. In addition, 589 tons of road base made from recycled concrete, rock, sand and asphalt will be utilized in this project, and all concrete work will include recycled waste ash, diverting these materials from our landfills.
The City is working closely with Long Beach Transit to minimize impacts to bus patrons, as Alamitos Avenue is used as a bus route.
Lane closures will be required during construction, and while the roads will stay open during working hours, motorists can expect some traffic delays. Therefore, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction.
The nearly $2 million project is financed by a combination of federal, state, and local resources, including the Los Angeles County voter-approved Proposition C funds from sales tax. The project is expected to be completed in March 2016.