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NEWS ADVISORY

Aug. 15, 2011
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Lodi Avenue Reconstruction Project receives top award

Rebuilding East Lodi Avenue into a vehicle- and pedestrian-friendly corridor with artistic elements earned the City of Lodi's Public Works Department a Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association's local chapter.

Department representatives received the award Friday at the Association's annual awards luncheon in Sacramento.

The $2.7 million Lodi Avenue Reconstruction Project resulted in the removal of abandoned railroad tracks, new left-turn lanes, new and modified traffic signals, traffic-calming bulb-outs and minor street widening. At the same time, the project included many aesthetic improvements, such as decorative benches and streetlights, crosswalk and intersection pavers and sidewalk medallions created through a public art program.

"We worked hard to deliver a Lodi Avenue project that reflects the community's interests and needs," Lodi Public Works Director Wally Sandelin said. "To have that recognized as a Project of the Year by the APWA is a tribute to the value of public participation."

Community outreach was the key to the project's success. From the planning stage to the design phase, the Public Works Department held public workshops and walking tours, met with business owners, residents and any other interested party.

Construction began in April 2010 and ended six months later. It was funded with a combination of federal stimulus dollars and proceeds from Measure K, the San Joaquin County half-cent sales tax used for transportation projects.

The City's entry was picked tops by the APWA's Sacramento Chapter among transportation projects in the $2 million to $10 million range by cities with a population less than 100,000.

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