Construction Begins on New Beach Pedestrian Path

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The City of Long Beach will begin work this week on constructing a new, separate beach pedestrian path. The existing bike path, which has been shared by pedestrians, strollers, bicyclists, and inline skaters, will become dedicated entirely to bicyclists and inline skaters.

“This strategic investment in our coastline will increase beach access and coastal recreation, as well as safety for pedestrians and cyclists, by creating a dedicated pedestrian path,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. “I’m proud of the thoughtful and responsible stewardship of coastal resources in Long Beach.”

The new pedestrian path will stretch 3.1 miles along the coast from the Downtown Shoreline Marina to 54th Place. It will be 11 feet wide, and constructed from a resin-based surface that is environmentally friendly, less rigid than concrete, more desirable for walking and running, and yet durable enough to withstand the marine environment.

“The new pedestrian path will encourage greater use of our beach, promote more active and healthy lifestyles, and improve mobility and travel options,” Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal said.

“Our wonderful coastline is such a popular place for people to walk, jog, and ride a bike,” Councilmember Suzie Price said. “The additional path will decrease congestion and create a safer environment for everyone.”

New pedestrian and bike ramps will be constructed at the Belmont Pier. As part of the project, new turf will be installed between the Junipero parking lot and Bixby Park. This will provide an enhanced experience for gatherings and other activities.

The new path’s configuration requires reconstruction of some portions of the existing path. Impacted segments will be temporarily closed. The first major area of construction is between Granada and 54th Place; this section will be closed beginning this week. Temporary closure signage will direct the public. Work at the Belmont Pier ramps and storm drain crossing will also begin this week, but it will not immediately impact the existing bike path.

The $6.4 million project is being financed with Tidelands Operations Funds, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2015.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1u4n2HR or contact Bill Zein, consultant project manager, at bzein@andpen.com or 310.359.1203.

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One Response to “Construction Begins on New Beach Pedestrian Path”
  1. Yvonne Reitz says:

    Too bad the city has decided to construction an 11 foot roadway right in the middle of the sandy area of the beach. Most beach communities opt for their pathways to either be a boardwalk construction at the top end of the beach furthest away from the ocean waves or a pathway furthest away from the ocean waves. Having a roadway constructed in the middle of the beach is not only an eyesore but walking across it from the land side of the sand area over to the sand area closest to the shore is hazardous to one’s health because of the bike/skateboard/buggy/stroller, etc. traffic. Why wasn’t the original path and now this 11 foot path constructed at the foot of the bluff so there would be an unencumbered expanse of sand leading to the shore??? Seems like that would have been the logical choice. Alamitos Beach is not as attractive as other SoCal beaches because of the oil rig islands and the many tankers that anchor out there – quite industrial because it is part of the LA Harbor – and now that an 11 foot road will be smack dab in the middle of the sand, it will look even more industrial, congested and just plain unaesthetic. I wish the powers that be would rethink this unappealing choice and follow what other beach communities have done. They don’t construct roadways in the middle of their sandy beach areas.