Paramount Blvd. Rehabilitation Begins With Groundbreaking Ceremony
2011-06-07 · By Editor
U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and City Councilmembers Rae Gabelich and Steven Neal led a groundbreaking celebration for the $2 million rehabilitation of a 1.5-mile section of Paramount Boulevard, between Candlewood Street and Artesia Boulevard.
Congresswoman Sanchez secured $400,000 in Federal Highway Administration Demonstration Funds, which were joined with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Proposition 42 gasoline sales tax revenue.
The $2 million project is expected to be completed by September, and will generate more than 18 direct full-time equivalent jobs, plus additional jobs related to supplying materials and equipment.
“This project is a clear demonstration of how funding from both local and federal sources can be combined to create a viable project that will benefit the whole community by improving our infrastructure, creating jobs and being sustainable,” Congresswoman Sanchez said.
The work will consist of: replacing damaged curbs and gutters; removing old asphalt and resurfacing the street with rubberized asphalt; and installing required accessibility improvements, new pavement markings, traffic striping and vehicle loop detectors at signalized intersections.
“I would like to personally thank Congresswoman Sanchez for her instrumental role in improving this section of Paramount Boulevard, which has not been re-paved in over two decades,” said Councilmember Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District. “Her assistance will greatly improve both the aesthetic look and the rideability of the street.”
Rehabilitating Paramount Boulevard is another important project for North Long Beach,” said Councilwoman Rae Gabelich, who represents the 8th District. “As we move to improve our infrastructure it sends an important message to the residents, business owners and visitors alike. The message is that quality of life issues, removing blight and servicing our communities is a top priority. This is another significant corridor improvement in ‘The Top Of The Town.”
The street will be resurfaced with asphalt containing up to 15 percent recycled material, as well as recycled rubber from as many as 2,700 old tires.
In addition, all of the old asphalt material will be recycled into new asphalt or utilized as base material on other street projects. The new road base material will come from recycled concrete, rock, sand, and asphalt, and all concrete work will include recycled waste ash, diverting these materials from landfills.
The City of Long Beach was recently able to repair 11.2 miles along 10 major arterial streets using $14.3 million in Federal Stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This constituted the largest amount of streets repaired in the city in more than a decade.
Since 2010, the percentage of major streets rated in “good or better” condition has increased from 61% to 72%. Most of this increase can be attributed to ARRA-funded street repairs.