Street Improvement Project On Pine Avenue to Begin
2014-02-12 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a major street improvement project on Pine Avenue between Seaside Way and Anaheim Street.
“This important infrastructure project continues the revitalization of Pine Avenue and our Downtown core,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “It is yet another investment in our City’s future that will have a positive impact for years to come.”
The work will involve street resurfacing; replacing damaged sidewalks and curbs; installing a traffic signal (Pine and 9th) and three “scramble” (diagonal) intersections (Pine & 1st, Pine & 4th, Pine & 5th); planting new street trees and shrubs; and adding new street lighting, benches, bike racks, signage and striping.
“This project will build upon earlier improvements throughout the area,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the First Council District. “I am very proud of the work we have already done and I look forward to the increased pride the revitalization will bring to Downtown Long Beach.”
This project will be completed in phases to minimize impacts on the community, and traffic controls will be in place to provide safety for motorists and workers. Businesses will remain open during construction, and parking is available in many nearby parking structures and lots.
“We have worked very closely with the community and our partners so this rehabilitation will benefit residents, businesses and visitors, while adding to the appeal and vibrancy of our wonderful Downtown,” said Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who represents the Second District.
The project is expected to last approximately one year, and the schedule requires the contractor to minimize public inconvenience while maintaining productive work hours. There is a “no work” period for Grand Prix Week, April 7-15, 2014, from Seaside Way to 7th Street.
“The DLBA is proud to be partnering with the City of Long Beach on the Pine Avenue Improvement Project. As a financial contributor and a stakeholder advocate, we are pleased to be kicking off one of the largest Downtown public infrastructure projects in recent memory,” said Kraig Kojian, President and CEO, Downtown Long Beach Associates.
The project will also correct some minor drainage issues, and upgrade intersections, sidewalks and pedestrian areas to meet current disabled access regulations.
The old asphalt material to be removed under this contract will be recycled into new asphalt concrete, or utilized as base material on other street projects. The street will be resurfaced with asphalt containing up to 15 percent recycled material. Additionally, 675 tons of road base made from recycled concrete, rock, sand and asphalt will be utilized in this project and all concrete work will include recycled waste ash, diverting these materials from our landfills.
Pedestrian scramble intersections, also known as a diagonal crossings, improve pedestrian circulation by stopping all vehicular traffic and allowing pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time.
The $6 million project is funded through a variety of sources, including the Downtown Long Beach Associates ($550,000), the Gas Tax, Community Development Grants, Tidelands funds, Transportation Mitigation Funds, and one-time infrastructure funds.
The public is invited to attend the Downtown Long Beach Associates “Celebrate Downtown 2014” event on Thursday, February 13, from 5 to 9 pm. The free event will be held on Pine Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, and will feature the Spirit of Downtown Award, a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pine Avenue Improvement Project, live music and complementary refreshments. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Please email email@example.com or call 562.436.4259.