Paramount Blvd. Project to Begin as Citywide Street Repair Work Continues

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The unprecedented street repair work that has improved the condition of major streets in Long Beach will continue with a project to rehabilitate Paramount Boulevard from Candlewood Street to Artesia Boulevard.

The Long Beach City Council approved the contracts earlier this month, and construction is expected to start in May and be completed by September. This $2 million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Federal Highway Administration Demonstration Funds secured by Representative Linda Sanchez, and Proposition 42 gasoline sales tax revenue. There is no impact to the General Fund.

“Rehabilitating Paramount Boulevard will benefit the community by improving our infrastructure and creating jobs, as well as being sustainable. I’d like to thank Congresswoman Linda Sanchez for her work in securing key funding for this very important project,” said City Councilmember Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District.

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.

The street will be resurfaced with asphalt containing up to 15 percent recycled material, as well as recycled rubber from old tires. It is estimated that up to 2,700 tires will be recycled through the use of rubberized asphalt in this project.

In addition, all of the old asphalt material to be removed under this contract 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, and all concrete work will include recycled waste ash, diverting these materials from our landfills.

The Paramount Boulevard project will create an estimated 18 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

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.

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