One of Long Beach’s longest and busiest streets is getting a long overdue upgrade.
Three miles of Artesia Boulevard, from Harbor Boulevard to Downey Avenue, will benefit from improvements to sidewalks, crosswalks, landscaping, roadways, street lighting and more.
The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday approved the Artesia Great Boulevard project. It will cost taxpayers $36 million.
“The Artesia Great Boulevard project has been in the works for many years,” Long Beach Director of Public Works Eric Lopez told CBSLA reporter Rina Nakano. “When we do one side of the causeway, the other side will have access. But there will be impacts. So we ask people to be patient. Water quality ponds are going to be below, helping us to filter runoff and clean up the water before it ends up in our storm drains and our oceans.”
The goal is to make Boulevard Artesia safer for motorists and pedestrians.
“Me as a taxpayer, we like to see where our money is going, so that’s amazing,” Tyscen Lee told Nakano.
Lee is the owner of the Ernestine Family Fish Market located on Artesia and Cherry Avenue.
He told Nakano he was excited about the improvements to Artesia Boulevard. He thinks the additional delays and construction will bring more traffic to the area, which could lead to more customers.
Construction of the project will begin in December and is expected to be completed in 2024.