Construction Update 7/24/18

The big dig is underway on D Avenue! Crews have excavated and re-rocked the roadway from 1st to 5th, and continue to progress west towards 10th.

Two roadway segments on D Avenue are currently closed 24/7 to all through traffic – from 1st to 4th and 4th to 7th. In the next few days, the third segment – 7th to 10th – will close. Early next week, State to 1st will close for the excavation work.


Despite the signage and persistent reminders, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians continue to cut-through the closed areas. LOPD has issued several citations to people for disobeying the signage and cutting around the road closure barricades.

So that everyone stays safe, please obey the signage and allow extra time to get around the neighborhood. All drivers, pedestrians and cyclists – please use the open streets (1st, 4th, 7th or 10th) to cross D. The other cross streets are CLOSED to all through traffic between C and E Avenues.

A Ballet in Motion?

One resident recently described Emery’s operation of machinery and material as looking like a ballet. This construction certainly requires being methodical, efficient and active, plus, it does tell a story!

Check out this video captured last Friday that shows the road excavation “ballet” taking place at the intersection of D and 4th.

As shown in the video, during this phase of major road work, one crew is excavating the road/existing asphalt and underlying soil, then placing fabric and installing new structural base rock before moving up to the next segment. The asphalt and soil are loaded into separate trucks for reuse. The soil is used as clean, fill dirt and the asphalt is recycled at an asphalt plant.

Mid-late next week, crews will begin preparing for the concrete flatwork to form the sidewalks/ concrete bands/ curbs. Truck traffic will be coming and going as crews excavate the entire roadway, form concrete and prepare the road for new pavement. The first base layer of asphalt is expected to be placed later in August.

Night Work and Water Shutoff Reminder: Thursday, July 26 – Friday, July 27

Crews will be working on a water connection late this Thursday night, July 26 at the intersection of D Avenue and 1st Street.

Water service to residences and businesses along 1st Street, between B and D Avenue, and a portion of D Avenue, between State and 2nd Street will be shutoff on the late evening (11 p.m.) of Thursday, July 26 through the early morning (6 a.m.) of Friday, July 27Door hangers have been issued to affected residents and businesses.

To minimize impacts and inconveniences to both residents and businesses affected by the shutoff, this work will be conducted at night from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Crews will conduct as much preparatory work during normal work hours, but night work will result in noise from excavation equipment, truck traffic, movement of steel plates, running a hot saw, a generator and miscellaneous equipment.

Thank you for your patience!

Interesting Discoveries

It’s amazing what you find when you dig up the entire roadway. Who would have thought that during the road excavation, crews would have discovered an old concrete curb that was buried underneath part of the roadway along the entire length of D Avenue?

They’ve also uncovered portions of an old sidewalk! Pictured below, City Engineer Erica Rooney, is amazed at the discovery.

Contractor Appreciation

We’d like to give a shout out and a very special THANK YOU to the D Avenue neighbor who provided these tasty donuts last week to the crews! They really appreciated this kind gesture, thank you!

Key Reminders

At most times during the road closure, the contractor will maintain north/south access through the intersections of D Avenue at 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th Streets (see map). However, there will be short-term closures at these intersections while crews excavate the road.

Access for residents living in the closed areas on D Avenue will be maintained at most times, but there will be periods where driveways are blocked. Crews will work with residents to provide reasonable and safe access to homes while work is occurring.

Access to D Avenue from alleys is closed—alleys are barricaded at D Avenue. Neighbors need to access alleys from E or C Avenue.

Parkingthere is no on-street parking allowed in the closed areas along the D Avenue right-of-way. Neighbors and visitors should park on a side street. Please obey the signage – cars will be towed if they are parked illegally.

Fire and emergency services will always have access to the neighborhood.

Mail, deliveries, and garbage services will be maintained.

We understand how inconvenient and disruptive construction is and we thank you for your patience while we make these important improvements!

General Information

Allowed work hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Construction schedules change frequently. We will strive to keep residents informed through these regular updates. You can also check out the City’s social media accounts for videos and photos.

For more information contact the project team!