06/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 14:48
Today, the City of Long Beach activated the newly realigned Walnut Avenue, E. 20th Street, and Alamitos Avenue intersection and traffic signal. Bicycle and pedestrian safety components were a main addition to the improved intersection.
'Our goal with the recent realignment and enhancements is to ease confusion for motorists and pedestrians,' said Mayor Robert Garcia. 'The new intersection and traffic signal will drastically improve safety in the area and hopefully promote walkability.'
The improvement project at this location, which began in October 2016 and was completed in May 2017, included the widening of E. 20th Street and the realignment of Alamitos Avenue and Wesley Drive, resulting in a more efficient reconstructed roadway and signalized intersection. Pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements included: a scramble crosswalk, construction of new sidewalks, and updated and extended bike paths. Also, street lights throughout the area have been relocated to provide a brighter and safer space.
'I'm happy that needed improvements have been made to make this area safer,' said Councilman Dee Andrews. 'Residents can now enjoy the extended bike paths, and the scramble crosswalk will provide pedestrians and cyclists easy access to Chittick Field and Long Beach City College.'
The infrastructure enhancements at this intersection provide a connection between the existing 20th Street Bike Boulevard and Chittick Field. The project also lays the ground work for future bicycle infrastructure projects documented in the City's Bicycle Master Plan that is available at http://bit.ly/2rEihF1. The Walnut Avenue and E. 20th Street intersection is a central connector for the future Walnut Avenue Bike Boulevard.
To learn more about the City of Long Beach's Bicycle Master Plan that was approved by City Council on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, please visit the Long Beach Public Works website and click on 'Bicycle Master Plan' under 'Resources' and 'General' or visit http://www.bikelongbeach.org/masterplan-2/.
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