"We do have some concerns about access during construction, but we have been through construction before and worked with the city through that, and we will continue to do so during this project," McGowan said. "We are looking forward to the improvements."
The next step is for the city to put the project out to bid. City officials hope to begin construction in May and complete the project by July.
Crews are still in the process of completing the $7.92-million Phase I of the North Brand Boulevard Improvement Project, which was originally set to be finished in October. Unexpected conflicts with underground utilities, including a $1.1-million water main that had to be replaced, delayed the first phase of the project, which encompassed the boulevard between Colorado street and Milford streets. The remaining three blocks between Wilson Avenue and Milford have yet to be completed and are now scheduled to be finished by April.
Delays prompted business owner Robert van Bebber to file a $58,000 claim against the city, stating that poor planning on the part of city officials cost him and fellow Brand Boulevard merchants thousands of dollars in revenue.
The second phase of the North Brand project, a short stretch between Doran Street and Sanchez Drive, proceeded much more smoothly. It was finished on schedule, with final capping of the roadway completed by mid-December, with striping added at the beginning of January.
The revamping of South Brand Boulevard should proceed as smoothly, Mayor Rafi Manoukian said.