Century Boulevard Extension from Grape Street to Alameda Street
Los Angeles
Award of Merit

Owner: City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering
Contractor: Excel Paving Co.
Lead Design Firm | Civil Engineering: David Evans and Associates Inc.
Electrical Engineer | Traffic Engineer: Iteris Inc.
Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates (now Studio-MLA)

The initial phase of a massive urban development project, this utility corridor and main street will open access to new neighborhoods with hundreds of homes, a community park, shops, restaurants and more.

To relieve the burden of all the projected additional vehicular traffic, the project required construction of multimodal transportation. As a result, the roadway extension creates a half-mile-long new street in the Los Angeles community of Watts that includes one traffic lane, bus stops, a bike lane and a 6-ft-wide pedestrian sidewalk in each direction. The project team, which met weekly to address the aggressive delivery schedule and underground utility issues, also planted more than 12,000 plants and 143 trees along the street.

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