Work on the Alameda Streetscape Project is scheduled to begin this month along West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood. According to a press release from the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority, the project …
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Work on the Alameda Streetscape Project is scheduled to begin this month along West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood.
According to a press release from the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority, the project includes improving the corridor’s appearance, installing design elements, improving pedestrian connections, bolstering safety and creating an identity for the corridor as a distinctive shopping and business district.
Construction includes widening Alameda; adding sidewalks and landscaped medians; installing trees; landscaping and aesthetic features such as flagstone gateway features; and making other improvements.
“The LRA is committed to revitalizing the corridor, and this project is designed to improve pedestrian mobility in the corridor and traffic flow while also helping the corridor to build its identity as a unique business area of Lakewood,” Nanette Neelan, executive director of the Lakewood Reinvestment Authority, said in the release. “We are excited about this project because it delivers on the community’s vision for the area, and the investment will have a noticeable impact.”
Lakewood voters created the authority in 1997 to encourage reinvestment in specific areas of the city to ensure their economic strength. This project will help accomplish improvements outlined for the Alameda corridor in Lakewood’s Downtown Lakewood Connectivity and Urban Design Plan and in Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan. It also includes items listed on Lakewood’s Capital Improvement and Preservation Plan.
“Our business and property owners have been looking forward to this project for quite some time,” Tom Quinn, executive director of the Alameda Corridor Business Improvement District, said in the release. “This will provide an opportunity to really upgrade the appearance of the area, improve its walkability and create a way to have a coordinated effort in maintaining the landscaping in the corridor.”
This project will cover three areas:
Alameda from Pierce to Carr streets
The Pierce to Carr section includes widening Alameda to accommodate new landscaped medians; building sidewalks, curb and gutter; adding trees, landscaping, an irrigation system and design features; and installing new streetlighting and a new traffic signal at Teller that provides safety improvements.
Alameda from Benton to Harlan streets
The Benton to Harlan section will include similar work without medians.
South Teller Street from Alameda Avenue to Bayaud Place
The area on Teller, north of Alameda, will include adding a new wide sidewalk on the west side of the street, providing improved pedestrian access to O’Kane Park and Rose Stein International Elementary School. This area will also include storm sewer enhancements.
American Civil Constructors has been chosen as the contractors for the project, and company staff members will typically be on-site from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some of the work is expected to require temporary lane closures during daytime hours, and pedestrian access might be redirected during the sidewalk work.
Repaving of Alameda will occur at nighttime and require additional lane closures, which decreases the amount of time needed for the preparation and paving work. Repaving is expected to occur in two phases of about 10 days each.
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