Long Beach plans to spend more than half a billion dollars on infrastructure; here’s where it could go • Long Beach Post News

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Most of the funding is expected to come from outside sources in the form of grants and county and state funds, which would be spent on projects that improve mobility, such as street repairs.

The city currently projects that $88 million in Measure A funding will be included in the spending plan, with an additional $150 million in bonds potentially added to the mix if the city council decides to issue them in the coming months.

The spending plan lists a wide range of projects city leaders hope to tackle over the next five years, including major investments in city parks, buildings and hundreds of millions earmarked for city streets. City officials say that plan does not include potential funding the city will receive from the Build Back Better plan championed by the Biden administration.

Here are some of the big investments the City is proposing in its spending plan.

Streets

The city rates the condition of its streets on a scale of 0 to 100, and the average “pavement condition index,” or PCI, score is 58. Town at 85 would cost $1.77 billion, the city estimates, but the city has spent just $32 million fixing its streets in the past six years since Measure A took effect.

The plan calls for about $250 million in repairs to arteries, bridges, residential streets, major hallway repairs and a new “slurry sealer” crew that the city hopes can help extend life. streets. To do this, the city will rely heavily on external revenue sources ($283 million), including tax revenue and federal, state and county grants.

An important part of the spending plan is for the city council to issue $150 million in bonds secured by Measure A funds to supplement spending on streets and public infrastructure over the next five years. The spending could push the city’s street PCI scores to 60, a city memo said earlier this year.

Major corridors including Studebaker Road, Artesia Boulevard and Anaheim Street could be completely rebuilt to improve traffic flow and safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Officials are proposing $1 million for the design and implementation of the LGTBQ Cultural Corridor Project put forward by City Council earlier this year.

The improvements will not only concern the vehicles. Some projects already funded could finally see the light of day in the years to come. Two projects funded with Caltrans money will expand cycling infrastructure on Pine and Pacific Avenues downtown.

A separate $8 million plan, also funded primarily by CalTrans, could improve downtown walkability and also improve pedestrian safety, as the width of crosswalks is shortened through curb extensions as well as d other security improvements.

The city is also expected to spend about $38 million over the next five years on ADA improvements that are mandated by court order due to a lawsuit the city settled in 2017.

A map of the city showing the projects it plans to do over the next five years.

Parks

The plan lists more than $40 million in proposed improvements to city parks, ranging from upgrading fields and community gardens to installing new pickleball courts in several locations.

More artificial turf pitches could be installed in city parks, with Heartwell Park ($2 million) identified as the installation site and an additional $300,000 in the proposed plan for planning another turf pitch at Houghton Park in North Long Beach.

Part of the city’s spending plan will focus on recent initiatives to invest in different cultures represented in the city. A $4 million proposal could be used to create a Latino cultural center in Cesar Chavez Park.

An additional $450,000 is expected to be used to complete the Killing Fields Memorial dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide. The project, located in Central Long Beach, began in 2020.

One of the biggest funding allocations will be the money spent renovating MacArthur Park. The city is offering $9 million to repair Central Long Beach Park. He received $8.5 million in public funding for the project last year, but had to contribute some of his own money as matching funds.

A long-awaited tidal channel connecting the Colorado Lagoon to Marine Stadium is also set to open later this year. The $30.8 million project is largely funded by $26 million in mitigation credits the Port of Long Beach approved in 2019.

Finally, in a sign that North Long Beach could have its own community pool in the future, the city is offering half a million dollars for the design and rights to build a new pool in Ramona Park.

The park was identified as a potential landing spot for a new public swimming pool earlier this year, with the cost of building it estimated at around $10 million. The infrastructure plan does not include funding for building the pool, and the city said it would explore several sources of funding if the city council decides to go ahead with the project.

Facilities

More than $50 million is proposed to improve city facilities. The Expo Arts Center at Bixby Knolls could get $700,000 for upgrades, including for the African American Cultural Center, which has been at the center since 2021.

An additional $4 million is expected to be used to improve the city’s senior center on Fourth Street and about $9 million is suggested for homeless services.

About half ($4 million) could be spent on repairs to the city’s multi-service center, the heart of the city’s homeless services infrastructure, and $5 million could be spent on purchasing another motel to house homeless people.

The city applied for an additional state grant that could allow it to purchase more motels and build smaller houses at the multi-service center in the future.

Improvements to police and fire buildings make up the bulk of proposed investments in facilities, with approximately $23.5 million currently proposed to repair several fire stations and a complete reconstruction of the police academy building. ($13.7 million).

One of the biggest projects the city is expected to undertake in the near future is not in the infrastructure plan. The Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center, which city officials say could cost more than $100 million, is set to open next year.

The city has already approved a construction management company for the project, but a financing plan to cover the gap between the total cost and the $61 million from the Tidelands fund the city has for the pool has not been announced. yet to be presented to City Council.

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