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Project Spotlight – Rosemead Blvd Beautification & Safety Enhancement

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We are highlighting the Rosemead Boulevard Beautification and Safety Enhancement Project! Transtech provided Construction Management and Construction Inspection Services, serving as the Resident Engineer, Inspector, & Office Engineer for the project. This project was an approximately $20M project which transformed the 2-mile corridor to a multi-use active transportation corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles, with a protected cycle track. The project has achieved and been recognized for numerous awards including the American Planning Association Los Angeles Chapter’s Planning Excellence in Implementation Award; the Quality of Life Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects; the Merit Award for Urban Design from the California Council of the AIA and was voted one of the “best 10 new bike lanes” from the PeopleforBikes organization. There were several sustainability components throughout the project; for example the planters had slotted curbs which allowed stormwater to infiltrate into the ground; the roadway repaving used approximately 6,000 tons of recycled rubberized asphalt which reduced noise on the street; LED and high-efficiency streetlights were installed which reduced the energy demands of the street; drought-tolerant planting was installed to cut down the water demands; and, a lush canopy of over 300 trees were planted to help reduce the heat island effect. Incorporating a protected bicycle lane where the bicycle lane is next to the sidewalk and separated from vehicular traffic lanes by planted islands and parking, allowing for safer biking and more active transportation options for the community. The project installed seating nodes allowing pedestrians a place to sit and congregate as well as bicycle parking, both to enhance the usability of the street. The project also made provisions for public art, which continues to grow with the boulevard.