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Work on LOVR and Madonna Roads Shifts to Nighttime Hours as Project Nears Completion

Post Date:10/24/2017 9:00 AM

As roadwork on Madonna and Los Osos Valley (LOVR) roads nears   80-percent completion, crews will now mostly work at night, easing traffic for commuters during the busier daytime hours.

The four-month project, which will make the busy roads safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, is expected to be completed by mid-November.

The construction has entailed repaving and sealing LOVR between Calle Joaquin and the outer western city limit and repaving and sealing Madonna Road between LOVR and the Highway 101 overpass. In addition to repaving and sealing those busy thoroughfares, the project is creating bike lanes, installing Americans with Disabilities Act pedestrian improvements and narrower vehicle lanes that will encourage traffic to move slower and safer.

Multi-modal transportation is a major City goal. Identified by the community and by the City Council as a priority, the goal includes implementing the Bicycle Master Plan, pedestrian safety and the Short-Range Transit Plan. 

This roadway project began in early August and has entailed pulverizing portions of the existing roadway on Madonna between LOVR and Oceanaire, compacting it to form, repaving, raising utilities, and removing old striping in preparation for asphalt sealing. Crews will next  focus on sealing and striping the project areas during overnight hours, subject to change based on weather conditions.

Nighttime sealing recently began. After road sealing is complete, crews will begin striping all project areas from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

The project, originally budgeted for $3.2 million, was publicly bid, and the work was awarded to Granite Construction for $2.6 million. It is being funded largely from the Local Revenue Measure (Measure G) and savings from other projects, including Johnson Avenue repaving and the LOVR interchange project. Bicycle funds are also being used, paying specifically for bicycle safety improvements.

Roads have remained open during the project, with intermittent lane closures.
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