Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project
Temple City -
Temple City’s Mayor Pro Tem Carl Blum spoke of his 3 year odyssey with the Rosemead ImprovementProject.
This is a major project for Temple City that covers 2 miles from the railroad tracks to Callita. This is a 20 million dollar project with one million by the city and 19 million funded through 14 different Federal, State, and County agencies. The actual construction costs are about 13 million with the balance going to engineering and design.
This project will provide many improvments including distinctive design, safety, better traffic control, plants and trees, art objects, and a dedicated bike lane that will be the envy of the nation.
Temple City is providing weekly construction updates with continuing progress, closures, and areas to avoid. The city has met with South Pasadena as they are going through their project on Fair Oaks. The secret is to hold the contractor to a tight work schedule. If you give them 2 years to finish a 18 month project they will take the 2 years and work on other projects.
Temple City is fortunate to have Carl Blum and Vince Yu ramrodding this project. Carl in his position with the County did this for a living, and Vince brings his architect skills.
Collectively, they have had over 80 meetings bringing this project to fruition. Also, City Manager Jose Pulido brings his skills after going through the same thing in San Fernando.