American Planning Association L.A. honors Rosemead Boulevard Beautification Project

The American Planning Association Los Angeles Chapter has awarded the Planning Excellence in Implementation Award to the Temple City Council for the Rosemead Boulevard Beautification and Safety Enhancement Project. The project is partially funded by Metro’s 2011 Call for Projects.

The project, once completed, will include ADA compliant sidewalks, more trees, a separated bike lane and pedestrian amenities.

The 2013 APA LA Awards will be held on June 13 at the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in the City of San Gabriel.

Temple City breaks ground on Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancement and Beautification Project

Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

Temple City held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for the Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancement and Beautification Project. The project will redesign the two-mile stretch of Rosemead Blvd. from Callita Street to the south side of the UPRR railroad tracks and transform one of Temple City’s main commercial corridors into a complete street. Project features include:

  • new ADA-accessible sidewalks
  • San Gabriel Valley’s first protected bike lanes
  • recycled asphalt concrete pavement
  • added green life, including 500 trees and 60,000 plants
  • outdoor dining opportunities

Metro contributed approximately $2.25 million to the project through the 2011 Call for Projects program.

DSC_0001“This project will provide Temple City with much needed sidewalks, bus stops, shelters and bike lanes,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich. “It will create a safer environment for people to walk and explore alternative modes of transportation.”

Editor’s note from Steve Hymon: Bike riding is exponentially more pleasant along Rosemead in the section already upgraded north of Huntington. It’s nice to see the project keep expanding.