Northeast Edition

Washington Blvd. project breaks ground in Commerce

COMMERCE — Federal, state, and local officials gathered for a formal ground-breaking ceremony Jan. 23 for the Washington Boulevard Project.

The occasion also coincided with the city’s 55th birthday, a city spokesperson said.

The ceremony took place at the southeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Commerce Way to mark the beginning of the construction project that comes with a $30 million price tag, the spokesperson added.

The project will provide improved traffic control measures and reduce traffic delays to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Commerce, commuters and the surrounding communities, the spokesperson said.

Washington Boulevard, a major east-west arterial, serves as one of the significant connectors between the Long Beach (710) and Santa Ana  (5) freeways, carrying approximately 35,000 vehicles per day of which 25 percent is truck traffic.

This segment of roadway is the key link in the regional movement of goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the terminals of the Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways.

The project involves the reconstruction and widening of a 2.7-mile segment of Washington Boulevard to six lanes between Indiana Street and the Santa Ana Freeway.

The project will also include sidewalk and curb improvements to conform to the American With Disabilities Act, larger medians and landscaping along with energy-saving street lights.

The project is funded by the city, the Federal Highway Administration, the California Transportation Commission and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Additional agency partners include the state Department of Transportation, the Southern California Association of Governments and Los Angeles County.

Transtech Engineers Inc. is the construction manager with Sully-Miller Contracting Co. serving as the contractor. RBF Consulting is the design engineer with Tierra West Advisors serving as the right-of-way consultant; Blodgett Associates as the environmental consultant; and Dardanelle Group as the funding consultant.