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Another bicycle boulevard is on its way to southeast Long Beach, complete with 12 traffic circles and a roundabout.

Long Beach's City Council approved a contract Tuesday with Sully-Miller for the 2.5-mile bicycle boulevard along Sixth Street. The path will run from where it ends at Bellflower Boulevard west to Junipero Avenue.

A major roundabout to move traffic will be added at the intersection of Sixth Street and Park Avenue — a block before Park crosses Seventh Street, a major thoroughfare.

Smaller traffic circles are planned at intersections with Flint, Ultimo, Havana, Santiago, Roswell Termino, Grand, Loma, Obispo, Orizaba, Temple and Molina avenues. The bicycle path on Sixth will run near Colorado Lagoon and through the Recreation Park Nine Hole Golf Course.

Curb extensions, bioswales, a bike detector loop and custom signage push the cost to $1.1 million, with $903,100 of that the construction contract. All of the money will come from transportation and capital project grants.

This stretch of bicycle boulevard was called out in the city's Bicycle Master Plan. There also is a bicycle boulevard on Vista Street in this neighborhood.

In other business Tuesday, the council:

• Changed zoning to create park designations at Rosa Parks Park, Cambodian Killing Fields Memorial, NAACP Freedom Park and the Davenport Park extension.

• Approve the final tract map for the Riverwalk development at 4747 Daisy Ave. (a former Boy Scout camp), clearing the way for construction of 131 homes.

• Accepted a rate restructuring plan from the Long Beach Water Department.

• Agreed to allow $80,000 of Sixth District infrastructure money to be spent on restoring and preserving the VIP Records sign now on top of a building at 1030 Pacific Coast Highway.

—Harry Saltzgaver

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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