Feds Stimulate Sunset Strip Beautification Project

July 26, 2014

West Hollywood, California (Monday, September 28, 2009) – Sunset Boulevard, also known as “The Sunset Strip” and one of the most famous streets in the world, will be getting a $7 million facelift after more than 75 years of use, with a free million dollar nose job coming from Uncle Sam.



The world famous Sunset Strip is getting a facelift from West Hollywood and a nose job from Uncle Sam’s stim package. Photo by WeHo News.

The City of West Hollywood Council received one million dollars in federal funds from the Federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), (otherwise known as the $700 billion federal stimulus package), for the long-planned Sunset Strip Beautification Project, which is scheduled to break ground soon.

The guaranteed funding will allow the City to increase the already nearly $7 million budgeted for this project by an additional $1,105,000, meaning enhancements to a project that already included the resurfacing of the roadway, sidewalk and improved landscaping.

The staff states this project will significant improve the look and function of Sunset Blvd., but because it is smaller by many degrees of magnitude, will much less impact on residences and businesses compared to the Santa Monica Boulevard rehabilitation project.

That project stretched two long years, and forced many businesses into closure.


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Photo by WeHo News.

While in need of repair, the Sunset Strip took far less damage to the roadbed than Route 66, or Santa Monica Boulevard, over the years, particularly since Santa Monica Blvd. had railroad tracks running down its center.

The Sunset Boulevard roadway hasn’t been repaved since the County of Los Angeles replaced the original dirt road with concrete in the 1930s.

Despite the length of time since the Sunset Strip has received any serious roadway improvement, the road is basically in good structural condition.

The city engineer, Sharon Perlstein,could not be reache by publication to give estimated start/finish dates.



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