San Gabriel, CA - 9-03-11 - A three-month $758,498 construction project on the first phase of the 1.2 mile San Gabriel Boulevard Streetscape Project between El Monte Street and Grand Avenue in the City of San Gabriel has started, according to Robin Scherr, acting economic Development manager for city of San Gabriel.She reported in a press release that Sidewalk and roadway improvements are predicted to "green the business district" with the installation of landscape medians, street trees, permeable pavers, curbs and ramps, crosswalks, streetlights, benches, trash receptacles, and bike racks.
"As a result, the boulevard will be greener, safer, more comfortable and pleasant for pedestrians and bicyclists. The improvements will also create a distinctive character to attract motorists to shop and dine locally," the city press release stated.
Businesses will remain open during the projected three months of construction. Temporary construction disruptions will occur during the hours of 7 AM to 5 PM, Mondays through Fridays. Interruptions include parking, pedestrian and vehicle access to businesses, as well as noise, dust and vibration.
Two-way traffic will continue to be in operation with the one lane open in each direction at all times. Signs with dates and times of temporary closures of streets, alleys and sidewalks will be posted 48 hours in advance to notify residents and businesses. A hiring preference will be given to qualified, job-ready low-income residents of the project area.
A construction contract for $758,498 was awarded to Marina Landscape Inc. to implement the streetscape master plan designed by Katherine Spitz Associates.
The master plan was approved by the San Gabriel Redevelopment Agency and the City Council last March and encompasses the areas between Elm and Central avenues. Such improvements are called for in the city's General Plan, Ingredients for Success.
The estimated cost to improve the entire boulevard in the project area is $5 million and implementation will occur in phases as funds are available. The project is funded with federal Community Development Block Grant, American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, and redevelopment funds.