City of Long Beach 
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411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 102814
Magnolia Avenue Improvement Project Set to Begin and New Traffic Controls Will Bring Congestion Relief
Derek Wieske, Assistant City Engineer

The City of Long Beach is set to begin work this week on street improvements on Magnolia Avenue between Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Spring Street.

"Long Beach continues its focus on innovation and technology by bringing much needed upgrades to our traffic system, and these improvements will greatly enhance this key corridor," Mayor Robert Garcia said.

New traffic controls and the modernization of traffic signals for three intersections will alleviate traffic congestion along Magnolia Avenue by coordinating the signals. The rehabilitation work also will replace damaged curbs and gutters, driveways, alley entrances and sidewalks; repair damage drainage devices; install bus pads; trim or shaving tree roots; reconstruct areas of deteriorated pavement; cold milling and resurfacing the pavement; install pavement markers, markings, traffic striping, signing and curb paint.

"Magnolia is a key street in the City's street network, and these improvements will better the lives of residents in the surrounding neighborhoods by easing traffic congestion, as well as improving walkability,” Councilmember Dee Andrews said.

“This investment in our infrastructure is part of a continuing effort to improve the quality of life of our residents and will simultaneously benefit businesses due to the improved roadway and better synchronization of traffic signals,” Councilmember Roberto Uranga said.

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 3,704 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 material from landfills.

Street sweeping enforcement will be temporarily suspended on adjacent side streets to accommodate displaced parking and provide additional parking.

The City is working closely with Long Beach Transit to minimize impacts to bus patrons, as Magnolia 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 estimated $3 million project is financed with the Gas Street Improvement Fund, and is expected to be completed in February 2015.