FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 022415
Atlantic Avenue Street Improvement Project Complete On Time and On Budget
The City of Long Beach today celebrated the completion of a major street improvement project on Atlantic Avenue, between 52nd Street and the City's northern border.
"This project not only greatly enhance an important business corridor, it was completed on time and on budget," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "This is just one example of the great things happening in North Long Beach, and we can all be very proud of that work."
The project was originally planned to end where Atlantic Avenue becomes North Atlantic Place. Over the past 10 years, Atlantic Avenue has been vastly improved from the San Diego (405) Freeway up to the northern City Limit, with just a handful of pockets remaining to be improved.
"Atlantic Avenue has undergone an amazing transformation, and this major corridor clearly highlights how our Uptown Renaissance is continuing to exceed expectations," said Councilmember Rex Richardson. "This Complete Streets project has transformed the business environment and is having positive ripple effects throughout the area, including Houghton Park, Jordan High School, and residents.”
The rehabilitation also included constructing cement concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks; replacing and overlaying asphalt concrete pavement; and furnishing and installing pavement markers, markings, and traffic striping. Existing medians were repaired, and new medians, landscaping, irrigation and stamped concrete crosswalks were installed.
“Atlantic Avenue has never looked better. More importantly, this investment in our infrastructure will benefit the community for years. Good streets are good for residents, businesses and the entire community,” said Councilmember Al Austin. "I'd like to thank former Councilmember Steven Neal and Councilmember Rex Richardson for their partnership and shared vision."
A new raised median was installed between Harding Street and Aloha Drive, and existing medians between 52nd and 56th Streets and 59th Street and Harding Street were improved with new trees, landscaping and irrigation.
The street was resurfaced with asphalt containing up to 15 percent recycled material, as well as recycled rubber from old tires. One of the environmental benefits associated with this project is that an estimated 2,270 tires were recycled through the use of rubberized asphalt.
In addition, all of the old asphalt material that was removed under this contract was recycled into new asphalt or utilized as base material on other street projects. Road base material used on the project came from recycled concrete, rock, sand, and asphalt, and all concrete work included recycled waste ash, diverting these materials from our landfills.
The $3.2 million project was funded by Proposition C, and from bond proceeds from the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency.
New stormwater catch basin screens will be installed to prevent trash from entering storm drains. Plans also are being developed for a related project to repair sidewalks and install new lighting, bike racks and bus stops along Atlantic Avenue between 56th and 59th streets.