City Begins Pavement Improvements Along Atherton Street

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The City of Long Beach began work Thursday on a pavement rehabilitation project along Atherton Street between Bellflower Boulevard and Palo Verde Avenue.

“This infrastructure improvement project has a strong sustainable component,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “By using rubberized asphalt with recycled tires, we will reduce street maintenance costs and increase pavement life.”

All the old asphalt material will be recycled into new asphalt or utilized as base material on other street projects.

“This project will build upon the improvements that were made earlier to Atherton Street, and will continue the beautification of the Atherton corridor,” said Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who represents the 4th District.

Work is scheduled to last through Sunday. The $1.5 million project is financed with Proposition C funds.

Traffic controls will be in place to provide safety for motorists and workers, and city engineers are working closely with officials from nearby California State University, Long Beach to minimize any impacts to campus traffic. 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 alternative routes, when possible.

Earlier this year, Atherton Street was improved with new center island medians, curbs and gutters. Twenty-nine diseased and aged trees were removed and replaced with 108 new drought-tolerant trees, and an extensive array of California native and other low-maintenance, drought-resistant shrubs and plants were planted.

For more information, call 562.570.5160.

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