Utility Lines are Going Underground on Alamitos Avenue
2013-03-14 · By Editor
Southern California Edison (SCE) and other utility companies will soon be starting work to underground all overhead utility lines along Alamitos Avenue between 7th Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Construction in the public right of way will start shortly and last approximately six to eight months.
“This project will provide several benefits to the community,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “Placing utility lines underground lowers tree-trimming costs; improves reliability from system upgrades during the undergrounding process; lowers the number of motor vehicle accidents involving striking utility poles; reduces the risk of live-wire contact injuries; and improves aesthetics and property values.”
There will be a community information session on Thursday, March 28, at 5:00 pm at Ernest McBride Park’s Cal Rec Community Center, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.
“We are excited to give Alamitos Avenue a facelift with a new street and underground utilities,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the 1st Council District. “This continues the great work happening around Craftsman Village.”
“I am happy to partner with Southern California Edison on this project,” said 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews. “My District is looking like the best Long Beach has to offer.”
Traffic controls will be in place to provide safety for motorists and workers. At least one lane in each direction will be open at all times, but there will be lane closures of specific blocks as work progresses. Traffic delays are expected. Parking and access to some driveways may be impacted during construction hours, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use alternative routes when possible.
After the construction in the public right of way is completed, utility connections will be made to all the properties in the area, and then the utility wires will be placed underground.
Construction costs are paid for by each of the affected utilities. Undergrounding by SCE is governed by the California Public Utilities Commission under its Rule 20A program with funds collected from all of SCE’s ratepayers, not just those in the impacted area.
The criteria for selecting areas for undergrounding utilities includes traffic volumes and the amount of overhead electrical facilities in the area. The undergrounding projects must provide a benefit to the general public, not just customers in the impacted area.
Updated project information will be posted periodically on the City’s Public Works website at