Sunset Strip Beautification Project

A historic roadway, rejuvenated


  • Before Construction

2010

Client:
City of West Hollywood

Location:
Los Angeles, CA

A beloved American star once again shines bright in West Hollywood. Major upgrades made to and around the famed Sunset Boulevard are pleasing big crowds—by car and by foot—with a safer, more attractive experience. 

Each day, thousands of commuters pass down West Hollywood’s famed Sunset Boulevard—a major arterial roadway also known as The Sunset Strip. But the iconic Strip, home to diverse shops, restaurants and nightspots, was showing its age. It was time for a makeover.

Harris & Associates played a significant role in engineering the boulevard’s most extensive improvements since the County of Los Angeles replaced the original dirt road with concrete in the 1930s.

The focus was as much on improving the traffic flow and resurfacing the 1.6-mile roadway as it was on enhancing the experience for pedestrians strolling and shopping along the Strip. Of course, preserving the eclectic aesthetic of the original West Hollywood landmark was essential.

Harris assembled and led a well-rounded team of firms specializing in traffic engineering, pavement engineering, surveying and landscape architecture to bring the overall vision to life.

Completed in 2010, the revamped Sunset Boulevard has attracted more locals and tourists to come experience the Strip’s colorful history in a safer, more attractive setting. Business owners and City officials are seeing the rewards. And the City of West Hollywood recently earned the distinction of “Most Walkable City in California.”

Core Elements  

The $5.4 million program improvements included:

  • Roadway rehabilitation, replacing Portland cement concrete with a quieter rubberized asphalt surface made from recycled tires
  • Traffic signal upgrades at 12 intersections
  • Replacement of broken and damaged sidewalks
  • Newly landscaped medians
  • Creation of flowering tree districts
  • Sidewalk widening at Sunset Plaza
  • Improved crosswalk visibility
  • Improved drivability and drainage
  • New curb ramps, bump outs and medians

As a program leader, the Harris team prepared planning, specification and estimate documents; performed a profilograph investigation, traffic counts and traffic signal modifications; developed landscape architecture plans; and participated in community feedback meetings.

Beyond the Blueprints

The program required extensive coordination with multiple agencies and public and private stakeholders. Guided by the Harris team’s expertise and experience, the work was completed with minimal change orders.


AWARDS

2010 B.E.S.T. Project of the Year - APWA Southern California Chapter

2011 Outstanding Private Sector Civil Engineering Project - ASCE Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch

2011 Outstanding Community Improvement Project - ASCE Region 9 (California)

2011 Project Achievement Award, Infrastructure less than $10 million - CMAA Southern California Chapter