By Jason KUROSU
One of Glendale’s recent capital improvement projects garnered the city award recognition from a national civil engineering group this month.
The Glendale Avenue Wastewater Capacity and Street Improvements Project replaced 2,000 feet of sewer mains along Glendale Avenue, patched up cracked sidewalks and road pavement, upgraded seven traffic signals, installed eight flashing beacons at pedestrian crossings and painted new road markings to make lane lines and unprotected crosswalks more visible. The project area spanned from Broadway to San Fernando Road and, according to city officials, was completed on time and on budget.
The project, which was completed in January, was named Outstanding Roadway and Highway Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Metropolitan Los Angeles Chapter. ASCE Infrastructure Improvement Awards are given for notable city projects, particularly for their accomplishments in civil engineering.
Glendale Public Works Director Roubik Golanian likened winning the award to “winning an Oscar” for the significance of being awarded by peers in the civil engineering field and what it meant for the city of Glendale.
“Winning this award makes it particularly special because it represents the values of the ASCE that ‘stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.’ These are in alignment with the Glendale City Council’s strategic goals,” said Golanian.
According to Golanian, the project was paid for through the California Transportation Commission’s State-Local Transportation Partnership Program.
Golanian said he was proud that the project was accomplished entirely through the efforts of the city’s engineers.
“The Glendale Ave Wastewater Capacity and Street Improvements Project was planned, designed and the construction managed entirely by the engineering team of the Public Works Department,” said Golanian. “This is unique in that there are very few cities that are able manage projects of the size and magnitude, but more particularly of the highest quality worthy of this award, all in-house.”