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Madonna-LOVR Roadwork Shifts to Nights

Drivers on Los Osos Valley and Madonna roads will get some relief from the construction delays and lane closures, at least during the day, as work on the multi-million dollar maintenance project shifts to nights.

Work on the repaving of two of SLO’s busiest roads is 80-percent completed, and the City announced that work will shift to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the next few weeks, as 4-month project wraps up. It’s expected to be done sometime in mid-November, according to a City news release.

The project is repaving and sealing LOVR between Calle Joaquin and the outer western City Limits and repaving and sealing Madonna Road from LOVR and the Hwy 101 overpass.

The project is also creating bike lanes, installing Americans with Disabilities Act pedestrian improvements and narrower vehicle lanes, “that will encourage traffic to move slower and safer,” according to the City.

So-called “multi-modal transportation” is a major City goal. Named by the community and the City Council as a priority, the goal implements the Bicycle Master Plan, pedestrian safety and the Short-Range Transit Plan, said the City.

Already the project has ground down and pulverized the pavement from LOVR to Oceanaire, raising the utility covers in the street and repaving it. Also, they’ve removed old striping and will re-sealcoat the street.

“Crews will next focus on sealing and striping the project areas during overnight hours, subject to change based on weather conditions,” said the City.

The project’s original budget was $3.2 million, but bids came in low and the contract was eventually awarded to Granite Construction for $2.6 million. Money for the work, the City said, is mostly coming from the Measure G local sales taxes, and savings from other projects, including Johnson Avenue repaving and the LOVR/Hwy 101 interchange project. Bicycle funds are also being used specifically for bicycle safety improvements, the City added.

Use of tax monies for bicycle projects has come under fire recently, especially in regards to another City plan to reconfigure Broad Street as a bike boulevard as it winds through Downtown, which would potentially include a pedestrian/bicycle overpass spanning Hwy 101.

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