Rosemead is in the midst of an $860,000 street construction project along Walnut Grove Avenue to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians.
Funded by a Safe Routes to Schools federal grant, the project involves construction of a landscaped median on Walnut Grove Avenue, sidewalks and traffic signal improvements.
In addition to the new street median, dividing east and west sides of Walnut Grove, parking will be eliminated on the west or southbound side of the street.
“Medians and the narrowing of the street will have a calming effect on automobile traffic,” a city spokesman said.
Walnut Grove passes through three community and public schools and there is a high level of pedestrian traffic. The street is also one of the few north-south connector streets.
During construction, traffic on Walnut Grove Avenue is restricted to one lane in each director. Once the project completed later this spring, there will be two lanes going north and south on the street.