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Compton nears completion of second phase of street repairs

COMPTON — City officials hope to begin work on the third phase of the city’s street repair project in the coming weeks.

After almost 30 years of neglect, potholes that have plagued Compton streets are disappearing with the near completion of the repairs. The projected start date for this final stage was summer 2019. However, August is more than halfway over and phase two is not complete. 

“Phase three has not officially started,” Dean L. Jones, senior economic development specialist for the city, said. “It’s currently in the design process.”

The street repairs are a three-phase project: Major Street Pothole Repairs, Street Rehabilitation and the Annual Residential Street Rehabilitation. The entire project receives funding through “special revenues,” as well as Measures M, P, R and the gas tax, according to an April 25 press release issued by the city. 

The third phase, also known as the annual residential street rehabilitation project, is currently in the design stage. The phase includes a “full reconstruction” of less than two dozen streets with a focus on roads along Compton Boulevard to the east and west city limits.

The city is working with JMDiaz for engineering design and other services. The estimated cost for design plans is $518,000, with an initial project cost of $535,167, and an estimated $8 million for construction. 

The city expects this phase to be completed by February, according to the city’s Public Works project website.

Phase two, a $1.61 million project, began Feb. 4. It involved 21 residential streets in the city using funding from the state gas tax. The city allotted for $2.4 million for this phase.

Those streets are Salinas Avenue, Dern Avenue, Riddle Avenue, Grandee Avenue, 151st Street, 152nd Street, Wilmington Avenue, Nord Street, Stockwell Street, Carlin Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Saunders Street, Pixley Street, Thorson Avenue, Bales Street, Holly Avenue, San Vincente Street, Locust Avenue, San Mateo Street, San Marcus Street, San Luis Street and Bradfield Avenue. 

According to updates on the project website, those funds will be used for the “rehabilitation” and “reconstruction” of the 21 streets with new asphalt and concrete, installation of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps, traffic loops and street name sign replacements and more. 

Most of these streets ranked one, with ones being the worst condition of potholes, out of three on the city’s April 2018 list of pothole ratings and were included with more than 70 other streets that were ranked badly.

The first phase (Major Street Pothole Repairs), completed last December, dealt with the multi-street pothole problem that afflicted major roads throughout Compton. The heavily driven streets included Rosecrans Avenue, Compton Boulevard, Alondra Boulevard, Myrrh Street and Alameda Street. 

Measure P, formally known as the Vital City Services and Neighborhood Protection Measure, funded this third with $640,000 allowing for the removal of potholes, replacement of 5,000 square yards (about 45,000 square feet) worth of asphalt and other damage across the city, according to the project website. 

The measure intended to help provide funding for this street repair project and landed on the Special Municipal ballot in June 2016 and passed with 50% of the vote. With its’ passing, sales taxes in the city were increased 1% to 10% overall. 

According to Fix Our Streets Now, a campaign by Compton Mayor Aja Brown, the City Council did not take steps to fix the streets until almost a year after the 2016 vote. 

Compton is also working with the California Department of Transportation to make repairs to the on- and off-ramps of the Artesia (91) Freeway on Central Avenue and Wilmington Avenue. The ramps on Alondra Boulevard for the Long Beach (710) Freeway also are set to receive repairs.