New Section of L.A. River Bikeway in the west San Fernando Valley opens

Photo Credit: City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works

Marking another noteworthy achievement for Metro’s Call for Projects Program, transportation officials from the city and county of Los Angeles this morning announced the grand opening of a brand new section of L.A. River Bikeway in the western San Fernando Valley.

Located between Winnetka and Vanowen Streets in the neighborhood of Winnetka, the newly completed half-mile segment of bikeway has an impressive list of amenities, including newly striped dedicated pedestrian/bike path, signage, bridge underpasses, landscaping, drinking fountains, benches, exercise equipment and solar LED lighting.

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Temple City to host Rosemead Boulevard Grand Opening Festival on May 10

Photo: C.I.C.L.E.

Photo: C.I.C.L.E.

Join Temple City in celebrating the completion of the Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancements and Beautification Project this Saturday, May 10, at the Grand Opening Festival. The community event will take place on the southbound lanes of Rosemead Boulevard between Las Tunas Drive and Broadway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include a scavenger hunt, public art walking tours, raffle prizes, interactive exhibits and more.

It’s also where Metro will kick off Bike Week L.A. with the Old Roots, New Routes Temple City Bike Ride led by C.I.C.L.E. and Eastside Bike Club. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. and will head down L.A. County’s newest cycle tracks.

The Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancements and Beautification Project was funded $2.25 million through Metro’s 2011 Call for Projects. For the full press release from Temple City, keep reading after the jump.

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City of Hawthorne breaks ground on Hawthorne Boulevard Mobility Improvement Project

The City of Hawthorne broke ground yesterday on the Hawthorne Boulevard Mobility Improvement Project. The project will enhance traffic circulation along Hawthorne Blvd. from El Segundo Boulevard to Rosecrans Avenue by enhancing left-turn storage, widening and modifying existing medians and installing bow-outs. The project will also provide a Class II bicycle lane, upgrade pedestrian crossing signals and improve signalization along Hawthorne Blvd.

The Hawthorne Blvd Mobility Improvement Project is funded $5.9 million through Metro’s 2009 Call for Projects and Measure R.

City of Azusa held ribbon cutting for 210 Freeway landscaping improvements

Photos: Martin Quiroz/City of Azusa

The City of Azusa held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday for the 210 Freeway Landscaping Project. The project, which covered the on and off ramps of the 210 and underpass on Azusa Avenue, was funded $669,000 through the 2009 Call for Projects.

Improvements completed include a pedestrian pathway with decorative sidewalks, wayfinding and bus stop improvements, bike improvements and signs with a few segments that include high-visibility safety bicycle lane striping, lighting and landscaping.

City of Santa Clarita holds ribbon cutting for Sand Canyon/SR-14 Beautification Project

The City of Santa Clarita held a ribbon cutting earlier this morning for the newly completed Sand Canyon Road/SR-14 Beautification Project. The project included improvements to 3.4 acres with environmentally-friendly landscaping and a water efficient irrigation system.

Officials said that beautification of freeway entry points helps maintain property values and supports the city’s and other business organizations’ efforts to attract targeted companies to the area.

Metro provided $1.352 million for the project through the agency’s Call for Projects.

City of Santa Clarita holds ribbon cutting ceremony for Old Town Newhall Roundabout

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Vintage cars pass through the brand new roundabout. Photo: Metro

The City of Santa Clarita held a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today for the Old Town Newhall Roundabout project. The project, located at the intersection of Main, 5th Street and Newhall Avenue, includes installation of a roundabout with landscaping, crosswalks, induction energy saving street lighting and street lane modification to improve traffic flow.

The project cost $2,536,717, of which $702,563 was funded by Metro through Call for Projects. Check out the video below of an aerial view of the roundabout.

City of Santa Clarita held ribbon cutting for new McBean Park and Ride

McBean Park and Ride ribbon cutting. The event was attended by Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar, Councilmembers TimBen Boydston and Marsha McLean, along with representatives from other local elected officials. Photo: Michael Richmai/Metro

McBean Park and Ride ribbon cutting. The event was attended by Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar, Councilmembers TimBen Boydston and Marsha McLean, along with representatives from other local elected officials. Photo: Michael Richmai/Metro

Metro participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new City of Santa Clarita McBean Park and Ride yesterday morning.

The McBean Park and Ride facility, adjacent to the McBean Regional Transit Center, was funded with a $2.9 million federal grant through the Metro’s 2007 Call for Projects. The lot provides 282 transit parking spaces, including 7 handicapped spaces, bike lockers, a passenger drop off area, new passenger platforms with seating, signage, landscaping and irrigation, handicap access ramps, information kiosks, and solar powered station canopies.

The McBean Park and Ride will connect with Santa Clarita Transit buses that link Santa Clarita Valley to distant destinations in Los Angeles County and the Antelope Valley.