December 04, 2014

Work on the Terminal Island Freeway Transition Plan gets underway this week with the first public workshop on Saturday December 6th. Meléndrez is leading the effort, which marks the first freeway removal project in Southern California, taking inspiration from projects such as the Embarcadero Freeway and Central Freeway removals in San Francisco.

West Long Beach is heavily impacted by port operations, and is lacking in green space. With the Terminal Island Freeway transition from a freeway/truck route, to a local street, from Pacific Coast Highway north to Willow Street, emissions from trucks passing west side schools and residences will be eliminated, and space can be freed up for greening and amenities the residents of the area would like to see in their community.

As we begin the project, we’re thinking big: how can this project connect to other proposed projects awaiting implementation to cohesively improve West Long Beach? Therefore, we’re combining efforts on the TI with our West Long Beach Livability Implementation Plan, which will develop a prioritized list of livability projects, generated from already adopted City plans and policies, and set strategies to implement them. The TI freeway transition is certainly going to be a key livability project for West Long Beach, offering an opportunity for green space, a buffer, pedestrian and bicycle connections, and a place to demonstrate environmental best practices.

Joining us in both efforts is Parsons Brinckerhoff, for complete streets design and environmental issues review and implementation strategies, and Westbound Communications spearheading outreach to community and Port of Long Beach stakeholders. For the TI project, Iteris will provide transportation/traffic engineering support, and Kekoa Anderson will be a peer reviewer.

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