Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl is urging residents to remember that businesses along Centinela Avenue in Del Rey are still open for business, despite a lengthy street widening project.

Rosendahl met last week with Centinela merchants and took action to expedite the construction project, which he said has been “adversely impacting” local businesses such as Paco’s Tacos, New Flavors Restaurant, Cinderella Clothing, Mattress For You, Rubino Gallery and Hotcakesbakes Bakery.

“We are doing everything in our power to get this project done rapidly,” Rosendahl said. “In the meantime, these wonderful local stores and restaurants are open for business.”

Rosendahl said too many residents and commuters have assumed lane closures and construction activity have meant the stores have been closed.

“The businesses along Centinela are part of the heart and soul of Del Rey,” Rosendahl said. “I urge all our neighbors to remember them during the holiday shopping season.”

After meeting with the merchants, Rosendahl said he immediately took steps to expedite the project.

During his visit, he called Ronald Deaton, general manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), to move the project along.

He has also assigned his staff to keep in touch with officials from the DWP, the city’s Department of Transportation, the city’s Bureau of Engineering and the project’s contractor.

Construction began along Centinela Avenue between Culver and Washington Boulevards in May in order to ease traffic congestion along the busy corridor.

The project will improve the north/south traffic flow along the corridor by widening the streets to include two southbound lanes and two northbound lanes, traffic engineers said.

The completed project will include left-turn pockets, a landscaped median with street lights, and full-time parking on the west side of the street and restricted parking during peak commute hours on the east side.

The sidewalks in front of the businesses will probably be finished by the end of this week. The street should be repaved and striped by Christmas and all lanes should be open by January, officials say.

Additional lighting and landscaping is scheduled to be completed by late February or early March.

The construction has not affected any of the businesses’ operating hours, Rosendahl said. Customer parking is available in parking lots located behind each business.