South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez equates the roadwork currently underway on Monterey Road in the city to “any home remodeling project, it’s not an easy thing,” he insisted as traffic is slowed Monday through Friday while construction is taking place along the busy thoroughfare.
The first phase of the project from Fair Oaks Avenue, west to Meridian, which he expects will be completed in early winter, kicked off last week. The second phase is slated from Meridian to Via del Rey. It’s getting ready to go out for a contract for design and the construction contract is expected to be awarded, noted Gonzalez, next spring or early summer. Phase three, from Via del Ray to Pasadena Avenue, won’t likely take place until sometime in 2018, noted the city manager.
Gonzalez is stressing patience as work crews begin the process of improving one of the city’s most-used street and continuing the city’s aggressive capital improvement programs.
During working hours, the city manager said drivers, pedestrians and cyclist will need to be careful traversing the stretch of Monterey Road during construction.
The first phase of the Monterey Road Project is to replace many curb, gutters and make sidewalk repairs, followed by the resurfacing and striping of the street. Left-hand turn pockets at key intersections are being considered as part of the project. “It will make it easier and safer to make left-hand turns without obstructing the travel lanes, but will eliminate some parking spaces to accommodate them which is a concern for some residents.”
Gonzalez said Meridian, Diamond and Fairview Avenues on Monterey Road are streets that will be considered for left-turn lane pockets.
“As many of our residents know, improving our roads is a major goal of the City Council, so while this major project is underway, we ask that everyone be patient and drive safely,” said Gonzalez.