La Mesa streetscape project to begin

Construction will revamp La Mesa Blvd.

LA MESA, Calif. - The funds are finally in place for the city of La Mesa to begin a project whose genesis began in 2008.

"We've waited a long time for this, and it's desperately needed," said La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid.  

Madrid and other civic leaders symbolically broke ground Wednesday on section of La Mesa Boulevard that will be revamped with new sidewalks, streets, trees, as well as sewer and electrical.  

The $5.8 million effort will begin between Palm Avenue and Third Street, and it will take close to a year to complete.  

Some business owners are concerned that because parking will be affected, revenue will too.

"We do count on foot traffic and people being able to park in front of the store, but I think it will look so much better when it's all done," said Andrea Froelicher of clothing resale store ACT II.

Glenn Bullock of DMI General Contracting said work would be done in piecemeal fashion so that access to businesses will remain and the impact will hopefully be reduced.  

One of the city's largest events, Oktoberfest, won't be affected as construction will stop for the weekend event.

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