FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 102814
Magnolia Avenue Improvement Project Set to Begin and New Traffic Controls Will Bring Congestion Relief
The City of Long Beach is set to begin work this week on street
improvements on Magnolia Avenue between Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
and Spring Street.
"Long Beach continues its focus on innovation and technology by
bringing much needed upgrades to our traffic system, and these
improvements will greatly enhance this key corridor," Mayor Robert
New traffic controls and the modernization of traffic signals for
three intersections will alleviate traffic congestion along
Magnolia Avenue by coordinating the signals. The rehabilitation
work also will replace damaged curbs and gutters, driveways, alley
entrances and sidewalks; repair damage drainage devices; install
bus pads; trim or shaving tree roots; reconstruct areas of
deteriorated pavement; cold milling and resurfacing the pavement;
install pavement markers, markings, traffic striping, signing and
"Magnolia is a key street in the City's street network, and these
improvements will better the lives of residents in the surrounding
neighborhoods by easing traffic congestion, as well as improving
walkability,” Councilmember Dee Andrews said.
“This investment in our infrastructure is part of a
continuing effort to improve the quality of life of our residents
and will simultaneously benefit businesses due to the improved
roadway and better synchronization of traffic signals,”
Councilmember Roberto Uranga said.
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.
Approximately 3,704 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 material from landfills.
Street sweeping enforcement will be temporarily suspended on
adjacent side streets to accommodate displaced parking and provide
The City is working closely with Long Beach Transit to minimize
impacts to bus patrons, as Magnolia Avenue is used as a bus
Lane closures will be required during construction, and while the
roads will stay open during working hours, motorists can expect
some traffic delays. Therefore, motorists are encouraged to
use alternate routes during construction.
The estimated $3 million project is financed with the Gas Street
Improvement Fund, and is expected to be completed in February 2015.