Road work could force intermittent closures of Alamitos Avenue in Downtown Long Beach over the next month as crews work to resurface the road and install new striping and bike lanes, the city said this week.

The project that’s expected to start Dec. 4 will run from Ocean Boulevard to Seventh Street with work lasting through “early January,” barring any setbacks due to inclement weather, the city said in a release this week.

Work is expected to be conducted Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will require the closure of some intersections while the slurry seal and other work is occurring. The work is expected to be completed in one-block sections and could be done by early 2024.

Alamitos Avenue will be slurry sealed, a technique the city has used to extend the life of streets by applying a new layer of asphalt that fills in cracks and other imperfections and protects the foundation of the road from future water intrusion.

The work will also include the installation of painted, buffered bike lanes on both sides of Alamitos as well as new traffic striping and broader crosswalk markings. Alamitos currently does not have bike lanes on both sides of the project area.

Construction crews will start work on the northbound lanes of Alamitos starting at Ocean and working toward Seventh Street before completing the southbound lanes working from Seventh Street to Ocean, said Joy Contreras, a spokesperson for Public Works.

Contreras said that the middle lane of Alamitos will be used for northbound traffic but she advised drivers to consider an alternate route to avoid traffic delays that the construction will likely cause.

“People are still going to be able to drive north, but we’re still encouraging people to use alternate routes,” Contreras said Friday.

Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @JasonRuiz_LB on Twitter.