Atherton Street Slated For Improvements

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A 1.5-mile section of Atherton Street between Bellflower Boulevard and Studebaker Road is being improved with new center island medians, curbs and gutters.

“More than 37,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists travel along this street daily, and this street enhancement project will benefit them, the community and our city’s infrastructure as well,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

Thirty-two diseased and aged trees will be removed and replaced with 106 new drought-tolerant trees, and an extensive array of California native and other low-maintenance, drought-resistant shrubs and plants will be planted under this project.

“This will be a great improvement to the Atherton corridor, and will also help beautify this neighborhood,” said Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who represents the 4th District.

A new irrigation system will be a highly water-efficient subsurface drip type, and existing “smart” irrigation controllers will be upgraded and reprogrammed to meet project needs. In addition, recycled wood mulch will be used to retain soil moisture and deter weed growth. All landscaping and irrigation will conform with water conservation legislation and best practices. Decorative concrete in the median islands will utilize recycled, tumbled blue-colored glass on the surface as an attractive visual feature.

The project is funded by a $703,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, plus $202,412 from the City’s allocation of Proposition C funds.

Work is anticipated to begin shortly, and take approximately 90 days to complete. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes during construction. After the refurbishment of the median islands, the City plans to resurface the street with new asphalt, and will work closely with officials from the nearby California State University, Long Beach to minimize any impacts to campus traffic.”

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