PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/15/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 081514
Subject:
Artesia Boulevard Street Improvement Project Set to Begin
Contact:
Derek Wieske, Assistant City Engineer
562.570.6386
Derek.Wieske@longbeach.gov






The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a street improvement project on Artesia Boulevard from Butler Avenue to the western city boundary. The majority of this project is in the City of Long Beach, but some work will be in the City of Compton near the border with both cities to facilitate pavement rehabilitation work and minimize public inconvenience.

"This collaborative project with our partners in the City of Compton will extend the life of this important thoroughfare," Mayor Robert Garcia said.          

The project includes milling and street resurfacing; replacing damaged driveways, sidewalks and curbs; filling pavement cracks, and installing bus pads and traffic striping. Minor drainage issues will be corrected, and intersections, sidewalks and pedestrian areas will be upgraded to meet current disabled access regulations. 

“The Uptown Renaissance continues with this significant project,” said Councilmember Rex Richardson, who represents the 9th District. “We've been doing a great deal of work along Atlantic Avenue and are now turning the corner and making needed improvements along Artesia. Businesses and residents will both benefit from this investment in our infrastructure.”

The old asphalt material to be removed under this contract will be recycled into new asphalt concrete, or utilized as base material on other street projects. The street will be resurfaced with asphalt containing up to 15 percent recycled material. Approximately 400 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 landfills.

During construction, businesses will remain open, and traffic control plans will be developed to minimize conflicts with businesses and residents. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction.

The $1.2 million project is financed with Proposition C funds and with the City of Compton paying a prorated portion of $130,000. Construction is expected to be completed in approximately two months.