Temple City to Hire Project Manager for Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project

Funding has already been secured for the project.

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published February 4, 2011

The City Council on Tuesday authorized City Manager Jose Pulido to issue a RFP (request for proposal) for a project manager who will oversee the Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project.

The Project was conceived after Temple City acquired Rosemead Boulevard, formerly under the control of the state of California, in 2008. Since then, the City has expressed much interested in enhancing the road.

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Councilman Carl Blum provided an update on the Project to the City Council.

“Funding has been obtained,” Blum said.

A previous engineering report indicated that improving Rosemead Boulevard would cost about $7 million dollars. Temple City, fortunately, has received up to $6.3 million in grants, with another $3 million already allocated, according to Blum.

The councilman, who along with Councilman Vincent Yu was appointed to an ad hoc committee overseeing the Project, stated that various improvements were discussed, including energy efficient lighting, pedestrian-friendly enhancements, as well as drought landscaping.

Given the scope of the project, both Blum and Yu recommended the City consider hiring a project manager.

“Our conclusions were that there was limited focus and urgency on this project,” Blum said. “The current staff does not have the time or experience to handle this project at this magnitude.”

Hiring a project manager would “provide a level of urgency to move this project along,” he said.

The City’s control of Rosemead Boulevard begins at the railroad tracks up until Callita Avenue. Any improvements to the city street will likely be matched by those being currently made by the County of Los Angeles.

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