Sidewalk work nears completion

Improvements are taking shape along Westlake Boulevard


PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE—A new sidewalk on Westlake Boulevard isfinished and open to the public. But work continues on the sidewalk curb ramps between Triunfo Canyon Road and the 101 Freeway. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE—A new sidewalk on Westlake Boulevard isfinished and open to the public. But work continues on the sidewalk curb ramps between Triunfo Canyon Road and the 101 Freeway. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

The Westlake sidewalk project crew has stepped it up and is running ahead of schedule, a city official said this week.

The actual sidewalk construction was finished June 24, said project manager Mike Tohedian.

Now the crew is adding in missing curb ramps on corners between Triunfo Canyon Road and the freeway that don’t have them, he said.

Tohidian expects the ramp building to take a couple of weeks.

Work began in April on the project, which includes meandering sidewalks and decomposed granite pathways along the east side of Westlake Boulevard between Triunfo Canyon Road and Agoura/Hampshire Road, as well as on the west side of Westlake Boulevard between Agoura Road, Hampshire Road and the 101 Freeway.

Along with the hardscaped cement sidewalks, crews are busy putting in irrigation for landscaping, which they will begin planting next week. The final touch for the paths will be laying the decomposed granite.

“Essentially, the project will look finished by August,” Tohidian said. “People are already using both sides of the sidewalk.”

One final element may prevent the project from being marked complete too early. As a final touch, the city will install flashing lights, technically called rectangle rapid flashing beacons, at pedestrian crossings at freeway ramps.

“Having a signal that is raised and flashing gets drivers’ attention,” Tohidian said. “These are known to improve pedestrian crossing safety.”

The city engineer said they will be similar to some existing flashing lights on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

The only problem is the lights are on back order and are expected to take another eight weeks for delivery.

While the project may be completed a little early, Tohidian is still expecting a fall finish.