SIGNAL HILL — An overburdened Cherry Avenue, this city's main north-south thoroughfare, will be closed between 21st and Willow streets for one year beginning Tuesday.
Workers will turn the two-lane street into four lanes in what city officials say is one of Signal Hill's largest street projects ever.
Designed for 10,000 cars a day, Cherry Avenue now carries about 20,000 a day. Once the $5-million project is completed, the street will be able to handle 30,000 a day, city officials say.
Officials are encouraging drivers to use three alternate routes between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street: Orange Avenue; Obispo Avenue to Hathaway Avenue to Temple Avenue, and Redondo Avenue.