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Remaining stretch of Atlanta Avenue widening in Huntington Beach will begin next month

Remaining stretch of Atlanta Avenue widening in Huntington Beach will begin next month
Seven hundred feet of Atlanta Avenue between Huntington and Delaware streets in Huntington Beach will undergo construction to add two through lanes and other features. (Courtesy of city of Huntington Beach)

The remaining 700 feet of an Atlanta Avenue widening project in Huntington Beach will undergo construction next month to comply with the city’s general plan.

Atlanta Avenue is required to have two through lanes in each direction divided by double yellow stripes, plus a sidewalk, gutter, curb and bike line on each side, according to the general plan. The 700-foot portion between Huntington and Delaware streets currently has one lane in each direction.

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Huntington Beach officials began efforts to widen the 2½-mile-long avenue about a decade ago to help accommodate traffic.

“As the city grew, many of these types of projects happened,” City Engineer Tom Herbel said. “This is just another piece of the puzzle.”

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The area will not be closed to traffic. An 8-foot-tall chain-link fence covered in acoustic blankets will help minimize noise to nearby homes, Herbel said.

Construction is expected to end in December.

Several years ago, the city used about $2.1 million in grant funds to buy 25 feet of land from Pacific Mobile Home Park on Huntington Street, next to the project site, and relocate residents of eight mobile homes.

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