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River Avenue Improvements

Newport Beach, CA

Client: City of Newport Beach

 

River Avenue 1   River Avenue 2

 

  

 

Civil Works Engineers’ prepared the preliminary and final PS&E documents for the street calming, beautification and improvement project. Improvements included narrowing the roadway to provide a 
meandering sidewalk, landscaping and parking turnouts. The roadway was narrowed to remove parking on the south side of the street and to provide a sidewalk that would not be blocked by parked vehicles. Improvements to five side streets were also included. The side streets were also narrowed to provide an accessible compliant sidewalk, converted to one-way streets and parking limited to one side of the street only. The existing pavement was rehabilitated by a combination of overlay and complete reconstruction. New curb ramps were installed at each intersection.

West Newport Beach has a high transient and rental population. River Avenue had sidewalk blocked by parked cars in driveways, little landscaping, and major private property improvements in public 
right of way. The project provided usable sidewalks by narrowing the street, thereby calming the street by reducing the travel speeds. Only four parking spaces were lost as there was a strong effort to maximize the number of resulting spaces. The sidewalk along River Avenue and the numbered streets provides better beach access to visitors who park in lots some distance away from the beach. 

 

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