Construction to start on Lakewood Blvd.

DOWNEY - The city has awarded a $3.2 million contract to Sully-Miller Contracting Company for construction work on Lakewood Boulevard from 5th Street to Florence Avenue.The project calls for infrastructure and aesthetic improvements, including the widening of lanes in each direction; construction of a new raised median island with landscaping, irrigation systems and decorative street lighting; ornamental street lighting for pedestrians; rehabilitation of existing concrete; reconstruction of curbs, gutters, curb ramps, driveway approaches and sidewalks; and more. Construction is expected to begin in October with an estimated completion date of June 2011. Work is already taking place on that stretch of road as overhead utilities are moved underground and power poles are removed. The vote to award the contract was 3-1, with Councilman Mario Guerra dissenting after he derided the company's work on Rives Avenue earlier this year. "They did a terrible job on Rives…it was a complete nightmare," Guerra said.

********** Published: September 30, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 24