From Neilson Way to Lincoln Blvd., Ocean Park Boulevard has been turned into a "Complete Green Street." Ocean Park Boulevard had been a wide auto-oriented street, accommodating one lane of traffic in either direction, was difficult to corss, had few pedestrian amenities, narrow sidewalks, and tree wells contain Cassias trees in various states of health. The new "Complete Green Street", partly funded by Measure V, includes a range of improvements resulting in a better performing, enhanced streetscape environment that is pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented, attractive, green, and provides several environmental benefits, such as capturing and preventing significant volumes of urban run-off from entering the Santa Monica Bay.
Key project elements include:
- - Wider sidewalks.
- - Parkway/storm water biofilter swales and infiltration areas, and a drip irrigation system.
- - Over 100 new trees, new landscaping, and medians.
- - New marked crosswalks with enhanced overhead flashing beacons.
- - More visible, painted bike lands and traffic striping, and new bike racks.
- - Street furniture, trash and recycling cans, and 75 pedestrian-scaled light poles.
- - Traffic signal improvements.
Construction started in December 2011 and was completed in February 2013.