Improvements to 7th Street On The Way
2012-07-03 · By Editor
An approximately 1-mile section of 7th Street, between Alamitos Avenue and Junipero Avenue, will be improved with new asphalt pavement, paver crosswalks and the extension of a traffic signal interconnect system to better manage traffic flow.
“This infrastructure improvement project along a major arterial street will improve driving conditions and help keep Long Beach moving,” Mayor Bob Foster said.
Work is expected to start in mid-July, and is estimated to be completed by October.
“This project will be very sustainable, with a significant recycling component that will serve us well into the future,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, who represents the 2nd Council District.
Existing damaged concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalk will be replaced, and any existing curb ramps that are not compliant with current disabled access regulations will be improved to current standards.
“Business and residents will benefit from improved streets, and better synchronization of traffic signals,” said Councilmember Robert Garcia, who represents the 1st Council District. “This project will greatly enhance the entrance to Downtown.”
All of the asphalt material removed under this project will be recycled into new asphalt or utilized as base material on other street projects. Road base material used on the project will come from recycled concrete, rock, sand, and asphalt. Hot Mix Asphalt used in this project will come from scrap tire rubber.
New concrete paver crosswalks will be constructed in the intersections of 7th Street at Alamitos Avenue, Cerritos Avenue, Orange Avenue, Nebraska Avenue, Walnut Avenue, Cherry Avenue, and Junipero Avenue.
New bus street pads will be constructed at all bus stop locations within the project.
Traffic control will be in place to provide safety for motorists and workers. Lane closures will be required during construction, and while the roads will stay open during working hours, motors can expect some traffic delays. Therefore, motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes, when possible.
The project is funded from Prop C. Potential crosswalk enhancements and other special features will be funded through one-time oil money contributed by the Vice Mayor Lowenthal and Councilmember Garcia. There will be no impact to the City’s General Fund.
A second phase is planned to extend the improvements to Long Beach Boulevard.