The Long Beach City Council approved the development of a street evaluation and master plan for Artesia Boulevard last night that will evaluate modes of transportation and aesthetic treatments to a 12-mile section of the Boulevard.

Councilmember Rex Richardson requested the evaluation and master plan in November 2014.

A release sent by Richardson’s office called the study a “vital step in ensuring that the continued development of the Artesia [Boulevard] corridor and North Long Beach are not only a priority for the City of Long Beach, but also an important sub-regional transportation priority in Southern California.”

Through its approval, the Council voted to execute the Artesia Boulevard Study Implementation Agreement with the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. The agreement allows the consortium of governments to form a committee that will guide the development of an Artesia Boulevard master plan, to stretch east to west along Artesia Boulevard, from Central Avenue to Valley View.

The cost of the evaluation and plan is estimated at $147,560 and will be funded by the “participating jurisdictions based on the linear miles of Artesia Boulevard within their boundaries,” the release states.

Artesia Boulevard was the focus of a two-month, $1.2 million improvement project that began last August in West Long Beach. 

This article was updated on 5/15/15, clarifying the amount allocated to the August 2014 improvement plan.