A Message from Babaki
Award for Eastern Ave Rehab Project Welcome! The City of Commerce is a wonderful place to live, work
and visit. The Public Works and Development Services Depart-
The City of Commerce is proud to be rec- ment is proud to build and maintain the infrastructure and serv-
ognized as a 2017 Outstanding Local ices that serve as the foundation for our community. We know that what
Streets and Roads Project Award recip- we do is vital to creating a healthy environment, a thriving economy and
ient for the Eastern Avenue Pavement Reha- a vibrant community.
bilitation Project under the Efficient and At the direction and support of the City Council, we have achieved much
Sustainable Road Maintenance, Construction over the past few years. Our accomplishments reflect the dedication of
and Reconstruction Projects Category. This the City Council to better our community through improving mobility, cre-
category honors projects that are resourceful, ating safe and well maintained public streets and spaces, all while beau-
use emerging technologies and materials, im- tifying the City as we revitalize our infrastructure.
prove pavement conditions, are cost-effective As responsible stewards of the City’s infrastructure, we pride ourselves
and/or are creative, sustainable, and environ- on delivering world class service. We strive to have all our interactions
mentally friendly. and the work we do strongly reflect our values of respect, collaboration,
The award is sponsored by the California State Association of innovation and excellence.
Counties (CSAC), the League of California Cities (League), and the
County Engineers Association of California (CEAC). If you ever have a question, comment or concern about the Public Works
and Development Services Department or the services we deliver, please
The 2017 Outstanding Local Streets and email to [email protected]. I value your feedback, and look forward to hearing from you.
Roads Project Awards Program
What does the Public Works and Development Services Department do?
The Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Pro-
gram was developed to recognize and raise awareness of the •Prepare, manage and oversee Commerce’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
exceptional achievements made by California’s cities and •Maintain the City’s urban forest, including tree care and planting
counties to preserve and protect the public’s investment in the local •Manage recycling collection
street and road system. Nearly every trip – whether by car, bus, bike •Maintain the City’s buildings, facilities, vehicles, and motorized equipment
or foot – begins and ends on a local street or road. The local system •Design roads, bridges, park projects, traffic improvements
is critical for the safety and mobility of the traveling public, emer- •Manage construction services for buildings, streets, street lights, storm drains and parks
gency responders, law enforcement, the economy, and multimodal •Maintain streets and roadways
needs such as bicycles and buses. •Oversee maintenance, repair, and replacement of street lights and traffic signals
Cities and counties are making extraordinary efforts to preserve •Manage the use of the public-right-of-way through issuance of permits
and improve the existing local transportation system through a vari- •Inspect projects constructed on public property to ensure they meet specifications and are
ety of types of projects and programs. Through these efforts, cities completed on schedule
and counties are reducing drive times and congestion; improving
driver, bicycle, and pedestrian safety; and ultimately reducing green- What is Commerce’s Capital Improvement Program?
house gas emissions. Green technologies are less resource inten-
sive, emit fewer harmful air pollutants, and produce less water Commerce’s Capital Improvement Program serves as a plan for public improvements, special projects, and
pollution. Ultimately, a safe, well-maintained, and environmentally ongoing maintenance programs. Projects in the CIP include: arterial highways; local streets; park and facil-
friendly local transportation system saves cities, counties and tax- ity improvements; traffic management and safety; buildings; and miscellaneous landscape improvements.
payers money in the long term. The CIP is developed with input from the community, City departments, commissions and City Council. The proj-
ects are prioritized and summarized by available funding sources, such as Measure AA, the General Fund, Gas
Eastern Ave Rehabilitation Project Tax, Metro (MTA) and other state and federal grants. The projects are budgeted accordingly each fiscal year.
Eastern Avenue is a major corridor in the City of Commerce with MEASURE AA
heavy vehicular and truck traffic, connecting to the I-5 Free-
way. This project involved extensive coordination with local In 2012, Commerce voters approved Measure AA, a half-cent sales tax which has been generating approximately
businesses to ensure the roadway remained open and had the least $7.5 million in annual funds designated for improving streets, roads and City facilities. A response to the elimi-
impact to the community. Additionally, the City had a limited budget nation of redevelopment, which cost the City over $2 million in annual funding, Measure AA was passed by a ma-
and tight timeline for work to be completed before Thanksgiving. jority of Commerce voters with nearly 70% support.
Originally, the project cost for rehabilitation was estimated at $2.3
million. However, the City utilized reclaimed asphalt concrete pave- The revenue generated by Measure AA is helping the City rebuild and maintain crumbling streets, maintain City
ment, a cost-effective approach to conventional rehabilitation, which facilities, and implement infrastructure projects to beautify the City. Measure AA is not only helping to improve en-
resulted in a 50% cost savings. vironmental conditions, but is also attracting businesses to the City, creating jobs and improving the local economy.
Using reclaimed asphalt was environmentally responsible since The unanticipated availability of additional infrastructure funds has led to rapid improvements being made through-
regular asphalt is non-biodegradable; once it makes its way to a out Commerce. Collectively, these improvements will make Commerce safer and improve conveyance for com-
landfill, it remains there. The use of reclaimed asphalt resulted in an muters and pedestrians.
attractive and durable roadway. Despite weather conditions, work
was accelerated to ensure residents were not impacted
during the holidays. The City will now use a similar Eastern Avenue After
approach for future projects.
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Major Completed Capital Improvements Metrolink Station Safety, Beautification
And ADA Improvements
Slauson Ave Sidewalk, ADA Compliance, and Reforestation Project
With 1,800 businesses operating in Commerce and more than
Slauson Avenue is a major four-lane arterial corridor that runs east-west through the City and connects two 55,000 employees commuting to the City daily, providing tran-
major freeways: the I-5 and the I-710. It is also a major bus route that extends more than 20 miles and con- sit alternatives is a top priority. The City of Commerce’s 26th
nects several East LA cities to downtown LA. As such, it is a critical mobility route for trucks, vehicles, tran- Street Station is one of the Metrolink Orange Line’s 14 stops, serving
sit and pedestrians. commuters traveling through San Diego, Orange and LA Counties.
Unfortunately, ficus tree roots caused significant damage to the sidewalks and pavement. Some sidewalk seg- Extensive surveys indicated that to expand transit ridership, the sta-
ments had more than two-foot high displacements, severely affecting pedestrian safety and accessibility. This sit- tion had to improve functionally and visually. The City used Federal
uation was exacerbated due to missing sidewalk segments and lack of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transit Administration (FTA) funds and more than $500,000 in Meas-
compliant sidewalks, curb ramps and driveways. ure AA funds to undertake major improvements to the Station. The
project included substantial upgrades to 26th Street as the primary ac-
Slauson Avenue improvements were the first improvements identified for Measure AA funding. In 2015, the City cess road to the Station, as well as pavement rehabilitation of the sta-
approved the Environmental Issue Report and in 2016 the City funded the $1.1 million reconstruction of the street. tion’s parking lot. New energy-saving LED lamps made the area
The project involved approximately 5,000 square feet of new sidewalk where there was no existing sidewalk, re- brighter and safer.
moved and replaced damaged sidewalks, curbs and gutters as well as replaced 12 curb ramps.
The project also provided ADA compliant access ways through in-
The City approached the reforestation and greening of the area with sustainability in mind. The project included stallation of ADA ramps, paths/crosswalks, parking and signs. The City
the removal of 149 overgrown trees that caused sidewalk damage. In their place, the City planted 433 new drought- plans to have security cameras installed. The once desolate and un-
tolerant trees. This model sustainability project used local funds to transform the area into a safe, navigable thor- recognizable Station now has more lighting, wrought iron fencing,
oughfare for all, including those with disabilities or visual impairments. beautiful landscaping, newly paved access roads and user-friendly,
ADA-complaint parking lots. The station is a regular stop on the City’s
Slauson Avenue Tree Reforestation Slauson Avenue Sidewalk Repairs free bus system and a commuter shuttle also helps promote transit
Camp Commerce Water Line and Fire Hydrant
This project installed concrete entry driveways and involved installation of a water line through the camp.
During After Entry Driveway Repair
Telegraph Rd Street Improvement Before
$1.85 million in Metro Prop C Grant funds covered the cost for pavement rehabilitation and street improvements
on Telegraph Road.
Telegraph Street Improvements Telegraph Street Improvements
Telegraph Street Improvements Nightime View
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Stevens Place Median 2016 Citywide Residential and Local Street
Steven’s Place from Atlantic Boulevard to Eastern Avenue was
improved during the 2015-16 Annual Pavement Rehabilita- The City maintained and rehabilitated more than 55 citywide residential and local streets totaling approxi-
tion Project. Work included the removal of asphalt in the me- mately 1.7 million square feet. The $2.2 million project involved extensive public outreach and coordination
dian, removal and replacement of the curb, AC pavement coldmill with residents to ensure roadways remained open and had minimal impact on the community. The City took
and AC overlay. The median island features landscape and irriga- advantage of the work being done to include other improvements at various locations, such as parking lot im-
tion improvements with the addition of king palm trees, agave, aloe provements, traffic calming measures and beautification. This strategy of combining work saved time and money
and hesperaloe plants and 5-gallon shrubs. Medians also include while minimizing street closures.
2’ boulders and Santa Fe cobble.
As a preventative maintenance and cost-saving measure, slurry seal was used to prolong the life of the pave-
ment on residential streets citywide.
The project utilized Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) to provide a sustainable, cost-effective roadway. Cali-
fornia produces more than 40 million waste tires annually. The RAC for this project used approximately 20,000
waste tires, ensuring durable, safe, and quiet pavement on local streets. Some additional benefits of using RAC
are that it resists cracking, lasts up to 50% longer than conventional materials and provides skid resistance. Lastly,
RAC retains color longer so road markings are more visible. Crosswalks and striping adjacent to school zones were
refreshed to maximize pedestrian safety.
Teen Center Improvements
The Teen Center was in need of improvements to better serve residents and youth. The facility now has a re-
constructed parking lot. Curb and gutter work were also done. The project also included construction of the
basketball hoop foundation and volleyball pole sleeve.
Kids Playing Volleyball
Basketball Court Resurfacing
The Basketball Court Resurfacing Project included the repair, refurbishing and resurfacing of seven basket-
ball courts and fourteen new basketball backboards at three parks: Bristow, Veterans and Rosewood.
Before Rosewood Park Basketball Courts
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Ongoing Capital Improvement Maintenance Projects
Washington Blvd Reconstruction Project Pothole Repairs
Washington Boulevard serves as one of the significant connectors between the I-710 and I-5 freeways car- The City of Commerce is dedicated to repairing potholes in the
rying approximately 35,000 vehicles per day, 25% of which is truck traffic. It is a key link in the regional City. These efforts continue to improve the quality of life for Com-
movement of goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the terminals of the Union Pacific merce residents and the City responds to immediate calls for
(UP) Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. service for pothole repairs.
It has taken years of planning to fund and design the specifications for the Washington Boulevard Reconstruc- House Number Painting
tion and Widening Project which covers the expanse of Washington Boulevard’s 2.8 mile length in the City of
Commerce. The City will implement citywide house number painting for all
household residences. Painting house numbers on street curbs
Commerce broke ground on the $40 million project on January 23, 2015. The roadway has already been widened provides a clear and visible means of identifying property ad-
from two lanes to three lanes in each direction to allow for better traffic flow; new LED decorative street lighting dresses leading to faster emergency response times and the efficient
has been installed on both sides of the street; the sidewalks are ADA compliant and have been updated with dec- delivery of goods and services.
orative pavers and trees; and landscaped medians have been installed with palm tree and other drought tolerant
The project was funded with $13.5 million from Measure R funds; $13.4 million from Prop. “C25” funds; $5.8 mil-
lion from Transportation Corridor Improvement Funds; $3.5 million from the City; $2.2 million from the Safe, Ac-
countable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU); and $90,000 from
Local Transit Funds (LTF).
Washington Boulevard, with its improved traffic control measures, reduced traffic delays, and beautification
transformation, enhances the quality of life for commuters and the surrounding communities. This project is a
local and regional priority for the County of Los Angeles and is supported by Caltrans, Metropolitan Transporta-
tion Authority (MTA), California Transportation Commission (CTC), 710 Corridor Technical Advisory Committee
(TAC), and Gateway Council of Governments (COG).
Washington Boulevard Groundbreaking Before
Construction After House Number Painting
Unused Railroad Spur Line Removal Numbers
The City is inventorying unused rail and spur lines throughout the City. Portions of the former rail lines will be
used to connect corridors and to build recreation trails for the community. The City has already removed three
spur lines across major roadways.
Public Works & Development Services
Environmental Services (323) 722-4805 ext. 2839
Planning Division (323) 722-4805 ext. 2810/2346
Public Works (323) 722-4805 ext. 4451
Davie Avenue Before Davie Avenue After CalMet (562) 259-1239
Cal Water (323) 722-8601
SoCalGas (800) 427-2200
WEST NILE VIRUS Southern California Edison (800) 611-1911
Report an Outage (800) 950-2356
Customer Support (800) 611-1911
Street Lights Out (provide light pole #)
Dump and drain any standing water around the home. Mosquitoes lay BNSF Railway (800) 832-5452
their eggs on the surface or near the edge of stagnant water. Also, using Union Pacific Corporation (888) 877-7267
insect repellent when you’re in an area where mosquitoes are active is Los Angeles Junction Railway (323) 277-2013
Jillson Street Before Jillson Street After
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The City of Commerce is implementing a sidewalk repair program and identifying sidewalks to be replaced. The
City plans to implement an annual sidewalk maintenance program.
Utility Box Art
Utility box art programs are very popular streetscape and pub-
lic art projects throughout the United States. The objectives
of utility box art projects are to create public art, beautify the
public realm, and to deter graffiti. The City’s utility art box project will
also include City owned/maintained traffic signal boxes. Covering
traffic signal boxes with art is a way to deliver public art to the area
and turn them into positive assets for the neighborhood.
Broken Sidewalks Fixed Sidewalks
Annual Street Pavement Rehabilitation
This project is an annual program that provides pavement rehabilitation for streets throughout the City. To de-
velop this program, the physical condition of City street surfaces were evaluated, rated, and the projected
life cycle was determined. The Pavement Management System (PMS) identifies a schedule for maintenance
and reconstruction of City streets at the appropriate time in order to extend their overall life-expectancy in the
most efficient and economical manner. Streets in good condition will be scheduled for slurry seal, while other
streets will be scheduled for cold-mill/overlay or reconstruction based on recommendations identified within the
City’s PMS. In addition, the PMS establishes a comprehensive process to prioritize rehabilitation of the City’s
roadway system and helps determine the best use of financial resources.
This program will improve the quality of the City’s streets in a fiscally responsible manner, implement a plan that
meets both immediate and long-term needs, and keep the public informed about the decision-making process.
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Green Zone Action Plan
The City of Commerce “2015 Green Zone Implementation Plan” outlines
the City’s commitment to invest in green and sustainable infrastructure
to provide sustainability, connectivity, City identity and aesthetics. The
Green Zone Action Plan’s goal is to strengthen the long-term environmental
sustainability of the City, attract new businesses, create new marketing op-
portunities, and improve the City’s image.
The City of Commerce will be partnering with local businesses to implement
eco-friendly commercial strategies within the Model City. The strategies out-
lined in the Green Zone Action Plan include establishing voluntary business
retrofit programs, providing non-financial incentives to shift from polluting to
non-polluting industrial processes, investing in adequate infrastructure, and
establishing a “Green Zone” to provide additional benefits to businesses.
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Upcoming Major Projects
Senior Center and Library Plaza Improvements
This project will provide upgraded ADA accessibility to the Senior Citizens Center and Library Plaza by re-
pairing damaged sidewalks, replacing uplifted concrete slabs with level, permeable surfaces, updating ADA
ramps, replacing existing ramps and rails, and updating signage. It will also incorporate water conservation
elements, such as drought tolerant California native trees and landscaping and porous concrete. It will improve
the overall appearance and aesthetics of the plaza with shaded elements, new lighting fixtures and an updated
design. These improvements will not only provide much needed safety to a critical community facility, they will also
beautify it, giving residents an increased sense of pride while increasing the use of the facility.
Rosewood Neighborhood Library Library Plaza Garfield Ave & Washington
Conceptual Rendering Blvds Intersection Improvement
TThe Washington Boulevard and Garfield Avenue intersection is
widely used and serves as a gateway from Commerce to Mon-
tebello, Pico Rivera, Bell Gardens and other cities. As such, the
intersection is heavily congested during business and rush hours. In
an effort to improve the intersection, the City submitted a grant appli-
cation for Prop C funds for enhancements as part of the Los Angeles
County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Call for Proj-
ects. The City was awarded approximately $538,000 in grant funds to
improve the intersection.
Neighborhood Banner Program
City of Commerce is home to 8 different neighborhoods with dis-
tinct geography, history and character. As the first phase of the
City of Commerce Branding and Way Finding Program, Neigh-
borhood Banner Program will be implemented to signify the many dif-
ferent communities within the City of Commerce. Through the use of
historical images of Commerce, these banners will signal the pride and
the unique character of each neighborhood in our City.
Senior Center Plaza Conceptual Rendering
Commerce Way & Sheila St Connectivity
The City has earmarked $500,000 in Federal DEMO funds that must be spent on Sheila Street. Staff’s con-
ceptual plan for a pedestrian/vehicular improvement project, including safety and beautification enhance-
ments of Commerce Way between Sheila Street and Eastern Avenue, details the reconfiguration of the
Sheila Street/Commerce Way intersection. If approved, the area will receive landscaped raised medians, light-
ing, and beautification components (landscape, gateway sign, etc.).
Sheila Street and Commerce Way Conceptual Rendering Washington Blvd Painting
Washington Blvd at the I-5 interchange serves as a gateway to
the City of Commerce. The painting of the I-5 Bridge brings a
new exciting look befitting of this Commerce gateway and the
newly constructed Washington Blvd.
WEST NILE VIRUS
Dump and drain any standing water around the home. Mosquitoes lay
their eggs on the surface or near the edge of stagnant water. Also, using
insect repellent when you’re in an area where mosquitoes are active is
Eastern Avenue and Commerce Way Conceptual Rendering
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Aquatic Center 323-887-4404
Code Enforcement 323-887-4460
Animal Control 323-887-4460
SCE St. Lights Out* 800-611-1911
Mayor Ivan Altamirano *Provide Light Pole # for Report
Mayor Pro Tem Tina Baca Del Rio
Councilmember Hugo A. Argumedo E.L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. 323-264-4151
Councilmember Lilia R. Leon Graffiti Hotline 323-887-4444
Councilmember Oralia Y. Rebollo
Vector Control 562-944-9656
Union Pacific 888-877-7267
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Atlantic Blvd Safety and Beautification Rosewood Neighborhood Connectivity
As with many cities in Southeast Los Angeles, the City’s Rosewood neighborhood and
Staff submitted a grant application for Proposition C funds for the Project as part of Los community centers are separated by various industrial amenities such as rail lines, and
Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) 2013 Call for Proj- industrial buildings. However, these physical barriers prevent connectivity. When the op-
ects. Prop C is a voter-enacted ½-cent sales tax for public transit purposes passed in portunity to convert three sets of unused spur lines arose, which included the segment near
1990. The City was awarded $687,000 in Prop C grant funds. the Rosewood Neighborhood Library and the Senior Center, the City worked with BNSF Rail-
road Company to have them removed.
The City will begin Atlantic Boulevard Safety and Beautification Improvements Project con-
struction in Spring 2018. Currently, this project is in the design phase. The project will pro- The City began working on a way to convert the old rail lines and the associated undevel-
vide pedestrian and vehicular safety improvements as well as improve traffic conditions oped spaces into a multi-use trail to include vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian paths for the
along Atlantic Blvd between Washington Blvd and Como St. This project will have the fol- community. The City conducted a study to assess the feasibility and develop conceptual plans
lowing benefits: for this project, known as the Rosewood Neighborhood Connectivity Project.
•Pedestrian and Vehicular Safety Improvements This project, which has been in development for approximately two years, is expected to im-
•Traffic Operation Improvements prove the vibrancy of Civic Center facilities, increase resident participation, and create a place
•Pavement Rehabilitation where the community can enjoy walking, biking and leisure time.
•Raised landscaped areas and trees Key Statistics
•Enhancements to the main corridor with branding and unique features •This project is considered a “Rails to Trails” Project that creates trails from former rail lines
to connect corridors and build healthier places for healthier communities.
•The City has successfully removed 3 sets of unused spur lines measuring approximately
3,700 linear feet.
•There is approximately 36,000 square feet of multi-use trail space planned for bicyclists
•There is approximately 21,000 square feet of drought tolerant landscaping planned to
complement the multi-use trail.
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