Construction resumes next week on southbound Pacific Coast Highway near Second Street in an effort to relieve traffic congestion at what has been called one of the busiest intersections in Long Beach. (Belmont Shore-Naples Patch readers actually voted it the worst in the city.)
Planned to start May 21 and last for about two weeks, the project to widen PCH will cause road closures as the city works to add a second left lane and create space for vehicles to make right turns onto Second Street without impeding traffic from behind. PCH will also get additional sidewalk in the construction.
City officials are advising the public to consider alternate routes.
“This project will improve traffic flow in all four directions at one of the busiest intersections in the City of Long Beach,” said LB Mayor Bob Foster. “This investment in our infrastructure will benefit countless commuters.”
Traffic control will be in place to provide safety for motorists and workers, city officials said in a statement.
Previous work in the continuing project focused on safety and aesthetics in the local area, including what the city called fire suppression and storm drain systems, lighting and new landscaping.
“I’m looking forward to the completion of this project, and the subsequent reduction of traffic at this intersection.” said Councilmember Gary DeLong, who represents the 3rd District. “The city will work diligently to minimize the impact to the community as much as possible.”
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