New sidewalk in Atascadero is being torn up and redone

Sidewalks on Traffic Way under Hwy. 101 were too narrow, officials say

clambert@thetribunenews.com and tstrickland@thetribunenews.comSeptember 21, 2012 

Workers remove recently poured concrete from the Caltrans job site in Atascadero at Traffic Way and 101 because it was not installed properly.

JAYSON MELLOM — The Tribune Buy Photo

Over the last week, construction crews in Atascadero have torn up and re-poured a newly constructed sidewalk on either side of Traffic Way under the Highway 101 freeway.

The sidewalk had to be redone because it didn’t meet the required width to accommodate those with disabilities, said Rick Silva, a resident engineer with Caltrans who is overseeing the project.

A few curbs were retained, but most of the sidewalk — about 450 feet total — was ripped up last week and this week, he said. The work is being done one side at a time so that access remains open to pedestrians on one side of the street. Both sides should be open by next weekend.

Several Atascadero residents have complained to City Council members about the delays, saying it is difficult to navigate through the Traffic Way intersection with Highway 101.

The work is part of a Highway 101 Atascadero Rehabilitation Project. The $25 million project is about 85 percent complete, according to Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers.

The contractor on the project is Papich Construction Co. Inc. of Pismo Beach. Silva said the sidewalk work was completed by a subcontractor, Precison Concrete Inc. of Santa Maria. He did not know how much it cost to redo the sidewalks.

“The contractor is only paid once for any work performed, so if work needs to be re-done, it is up to the contractor to deliver/buy the materials,” Shivers said in an email.

Jason Papich, president of Papich Construction, said in an email: “We are moving as quickly as possible to complete the work and restore the pedestrian access.”

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