From the City of Alhambra website:
Street improvement projects on the drawing board: Valley Boulevard – from Marengo Avenue to the city limits at the 710 freeway terminus. The six-month project is scheduled to get underway in January 2011 an will be comprised of median island & street improvements. It is expected that at least one lane will be open in each direction at any time during construction, but it would be highly advisable for commutess to use alternate routes. Funding is primarily through grants from the Federal government ($1,439,840) and MTA ($1,113,000) along with a contribution of $921,148 from the City's Proposition "C" Transportation funds.
Main Street from the east City limit to the intersection of Palm/Raymond – City is seeking to use State Proposition 1B funds.
New Avenue (north city limit to south city limit) To be funded by the City's allocation of $2.6 in federal Stimulus Funds.
- Completed Street Improvement Projects:
Mission Road Railroad Wall Mural Project
Alhambra Road from the east city limit to west city limit. Funded by the City's allocation of $2.6 in federal Stimulus Funds.
Installation of two "Safe Routes to School" projects at Second & Alhambra and Curtis & Commonwealth – installation of LED-lighted crosswalks. Funded by $2.6 in federal Stimulus Funds.
Commonwealth Avenue between Garfield & Raymond Funded by a combination of HUD and Proposition 1B funds
ADA Handicap Ramps in the Midwick Track and Southwest Alhambra Funded with CDBG-R Economic Stimulus Funds.
Poplar Boulevard (Fremont Avenue to the west city limit) Funded by the City's allocation of $2.6 in federal Stimulus Funds
Gateway Plaza Park (northwestern corner of Fremont & Valley)
Fremont Avenue (Montezuma Avenue to the southern city limit)
Atlantic Boulevard-Grind/Overlay Project (Main Street to Glendon Way)
Reconstruction of Shorb Street (from Garfield to Sixth Street, including sidewalk handicapped ramps)
Painting of Freeway Overpasses with City Logo
Atlantic Boulevard Repaving Project (from Main Street to Huntington Drive)
Residential street improvements (ongoing)
HUD sidewalk repairs (ongoing)
Handicapped ramps – various locations (ongoing)
Sidewalk Improvements – various locations (ongoing)
Concrete Sidewalk, Curb & Gutter Repair (ongoing)
Reconstruction & Overlay Projects – various locations (ongoing)
Mission Road Improvement Project – First Street to the East City Limit, includes a wider street, improved lighting, protected turn lanes for increased safety, and a new sidewalk
Fremont Avenue Street Widening & Improvement Project – ($10.5 million project funded without expending any City General Funds; included improvements north from the 10 Freeway to Commonwealth Avenue.)
Valley Boulevard Street Widening and Beautification – This $6 million street widening project (funded by the County of Los Angeles and MTA) was undertaken to improve air quality, reduce traffic delay, reduce fuel consumption and noise, upgrade drainage and flood control facilities, and beautify the corridor. The project included general street widening at select locations. In addition, the existing pavement, many underground utilities and other roadway ancillary features were upgraded. Planter medians with dedicated left turn lanes were installed to assist in the beautification to decrease the number of mid-block accidents. As part of the project, state-of-the-art traffic signals were installed. The new signals have a preemption feature that allows public safety vehicles the ability to change the signal phase to green giving the emergency vehicle the right -of-way.
Improved Downtown Parking – The City now has three parking structures in the Downtown area: 1) North Chapel Ave. – capacity for 300 vehicles; 2) South First St. – capacity for 272 vehicles; and 3) Garfield & Main: Renaissance Plaza Parking which provides parking for more than 800 vehicles with access off of either Stoneman Avenue or Elgin Street.
Freeway Underpass Beautification Project – In 1991, the City of Alhambra began a program to beautify the underpasses along the San Bernardino Freeway. At that time, a design was developed to paint the City's gateway logo at each of the five locations: New Ave., Garfield Ave., Sixth St., Atlantic Blvd. and Fremont Ave. In addition to the logo, the underpass walls were painted to complement the design. More recently, the City contracted to have the underpasses repainted with the original logo design.
Anti-Graffiti Project: Added to the success of the Police Department arresting the most prolific graffiti taggers in town – the Public Works Department has doubled its efforts to keep control of our walls by doubling the staff dedicated to that task. The public is encouraged to call the Graffiti Hotline ANYTIME they see a graffiti problem at (626) 570-5072.
City Entry Identification: At each of the City's freeway entrance locations, 22-foot river-rock was installed in a circle pattern, with a giant "A" planted in the center that feature beautiful colorful blooming flowers – an impressive signature welcoming those entering our community.
Historic Neighborhood Identification Signs: In recognition of Alhambra's historic neighborhoods, signs have been posted to designate historically-significant areas of the City, including the Alhambra Tract; Emery Park; Marguerita-Souders Tract, Mayfair Tract, Midwick Tract, Ramona Park, Airport Tract, Alhambra Hills Tract, Alhambra Park, Alhambra Vista Tract, Alhambra Park, Carpenter-Nathanson Tracts, Ethel Park, Emery Park Hills, Front Street, Granada Park, Hellman Avenue, Lindaraxa Park, Martha Baldwin, Midwick Park, Olive Avenue Tract, Ramona, Ramona Acres, San Pasqual Drive, Shorb Street, and Shorb Tract.
- For more information visit the City of Alhambra website at http://www.cityofalhambra.org/government/public_works/capital_improvements.html
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