The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a major street
improvement project on Pine Avenue between Seaside Way and Anaheim
"This important infrastructure project continues the revitalization
of Pine Avenue and our Downtown core," Mayor Bob Foster said.
“It is yet another investment in our City's future that will
have a positive impact for years to come.”
The work will involve street resurfacing; replacing damaged
sidewalks and curbs; installing a traffic signal (Pine and 9th) and
three “scramble” (diagonal) intersections (Pine &
1st, Pine & 4th, Pine & 5th); planting new street trees and
shrubs; and adding new street lighting, benches, bike racks,
signage and striping.
“This project will build upon earlier improvements throughout
the area,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the
First Council District. “I am very proud of the work we have
already done and I look forward to the increased pride the
revitalization will bring to Downtown Long
This project will be completed in phases to minimize impacts on the
community, and traffic controls will be in place to provide safety
for motorists and workers. Businesses will remain open during
construction, and parking is available in many nearby parking
structures and lots.
“We have worked very closely with the community and our
partners so this rehabilitation will benefit residents, businesses
and visitors, while adding to the appeal and vibrancy of our
wonderful Downtown,” said Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who
represents the Second District.
The project is expected to last approximately one year, and the
schedule requires the contractor to minimize public inconvenience
while maintaining productive work hours. There is a “no
work” period for Grand Prix Week, April 7-15, 2014, from
Seaside Way to 7th Street.
“The DLBA is proud to be partnering with the City of Long
Beach on the Pine Avenue Improvement Project. As a financial
contributor and a stakeholder advocate, we are pleased to be
kicking off one of the largest Downtown public infrastructure
projects in recent memory,” said Kraig Kojian, President and
CEO, Downtown Long Beach Associates.
The project will also correct some minor drainage issues, and
upgrade intersections, sidewalks and pedestrian areas to meet
current disabled access regulations.
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. Additionally, 675
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
Pedestrian scramble intersections, also known as a diagonal
crossings, improve pedestrian circulation by stopping all vehicular
traffic and allowing pedestrians to cross an intersection in every
direction, including diagonally, at the same time.
The $6 million project is funded through a variety of sources,
including the Downtown Long Beach Associates ($550,000), the Gas
Tax, Community Development Grants, Tidelands funds, Transportation
Mitigation Funds, and one-time infrastructure funds.
The public is invited to attend the Downtown Long Beach Associates
“Celebrate Downtown 2014” event on Thursday, February
13, from 5 to 9 pm. The free event will be held on Pine Avenue
between 3rd and 4th Streets, and will feature the Spirit of
Downtown Award, a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pine Avenue
Improvement Project, live music and complementary refreshments.
Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 562.436.4259.