SEAL BEACH -- Getting from one side of the city to the other - by way of Seal Beach Boulevard bridge over the 405 Freeway - has been a test of patience for travelers.

In May, the test could be intensified.

Crew workers are expected to launch a new project within a half mile of the bridge to upgrade Seal Beach Boulevard and Golden Rain at the entrance of Leisure World retirement community.

The project - approved by the City Council in November - consists of removing existing traffic signals, signs, striping, medians, pavement markings and curbs and gutters.

The removal of the automatic signals most likely will mean the interim use of a sign, which will slow down traffic, officials said.

The project will also entail the reconstruction of certain portions of sidewalk and the installation of new traffic signals, loops, markings, signs and striping, according to Patrick Gallegos, administrative manager in Seal Beach.

Lanes will need to be closed in order to complete the necessary improvements, Gallegos said, adding that the construction contract was awarded to Flatiron Electric Group, Inc.

The western half of Seal Beach Boulevard will be complete in September, and the eastern half will be under construction until summer of 2014, said Joel Zlotnik, spokesman for the Orange County Transportation Authority.


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Elsewhere in the city, construction workers will begin work on about six other street surfaces. The projects, to be performed by R.J. Noble Company, consist of removing and replacing various locations of damaged curb, gutter and sidewalk as well as installing pavers and resurfacing the asphalt roadway, Gallegos said.

The streets to be resurfaced include: Ironwood Avenue from Elder Avenue to Heather Street; Ironwood Avenue from Tulip Street to Wisteria Avenue; Sandpiper Drive from Bolsa Avenue to Taper Drive; Southshore Drive from Bolsa Avenue to Taper; Taper Drive from Bolsa to Catalina Avenue; and Electric Avenue North from 14th to Main streets.