Street repairs begin at Firestone and Paramount



DOWNEY -- Construction started today on a four-month project to widen and improve the intersection of Firestone and Paramount boulevards. 

The project calls for extensive work between Myrtle Street and the 7900 block of Firestone, including street widening; pavement removal and reconstruction; new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and curb ramps; storm drain modifications; potable water system improvements; new landscaped medians; new street lighting; traffic signal modifications; new trees; and traffic striping and pavement markings. 

Work began Monday and is expected to be completed in December, although a letter to local businesses indicated construction could stretch into January. 

Work will mostly take place weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with certain jobs performed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

"The City empathizes with the various inconveniences that the construction activities would impose on the local community," senior civil engineer Desi Gutierrez wrote in a letter to affected businesses.

"Therefore, every attempt will be made to facilitate project completion and minimize disruption. Your patience and cooperation is most appreciated, and the City looks forward to working collaboratively with you on this important project." 

NewsEric Pierce