Bike Lane Los Cerritos Neighborhood Construction

Construction has begun on Pacific Avenue in the Los Cerritos neighborhood, part of an effort to extend the Pacific Avenue Bike Corridor.

Striped bike lanes currently run on Pacific Avenue from Ocean Boulevard to Spring Street. This project, which started Monday, is meant to close a gap in the city’s bicycle infrastructure.

There are three main components to the bicycle system gap closure.

The intersection of Wardlow Road and Pacific Avenue will get a new stoplight. Heather Morrison, a spokesperson from Eighth District Councilman Al Austin’s office, said it’s currently one of the most dangerous intersections in Long Beach.

Underground construction for the traffic signal will begin in the next few weeks, Douglas McLaughlin, the city’s principal construction inspector, said, but the traffic signal itself likely won’t be installed for a few months.

At Pacific Avenue and 36th Street, just north of Wardlow, a traffic circle 10 feet in diameter will slow traffic. It’s modeled on a similar traffic circle at Ximeno Avenue and Vista Street. A second, smaller roundabout will be constructed at Bixby Road and Pacific Avenue.

A dedicated bike lane on Pacific Avenue will extend from Pacific Coast Highway until the street ends at San Antonio Drive. The bike lane will continue north on San Antonio Drive to Del Amo Boulevard, and from Del Amo to Orange Avenue.

The projects should be finished by June or July, McLaughlin said, and streets will remain open during construction.

“Most people aren’t going to feel the construction impacts unless they’re right there,” he said.

Jennifer Rice Epstein writes about business, environmental issues and K-12 education. Her essays and reporting also have appeared in The Morning News, Vice and LA Weekly, among others. She lives with her family in Bixby Knolls and tweets about Long Beach.

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