Work has not started as planned on a county project to repair a low-water crossing in rural Arroyo Grande, forcing drivers to continue using alternate routes to access the Huasna area and Branch Elementary School.
San Luis Obispo County public works officials had hoped to start work April 15 to fix a concrete deck on Cecchetti Road that crosses the Arroyo Grande Creek. It was closed in January after public works crews were alerted to a hole in the deck, and drivers were directed to a detour on Huasna Road.
The work, expected to take to three weeks, was delayed so county public works staff could address concerns raised by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, formerly Fish and Game.
“They want to make sure our work did not impact Arroyo Grande Creek,” Project Engineer Frank Honeycutt said.
The county has had ongoing talks with the state agency since March, he said, and discussions were expected to continue Monday. Fish and Wildlife officials could not be immediately reached for comment on their specific concerns.
Public works officials plan to repair the crossing in a way that isolates the repairs from the creek to avoid impacts to water quality or endangered species, such as the southern steelhead, a type of trout.
Honeycutt said that the county doesn’t need a permit from Fish and Wildlife for the work, but “if they have concerns we need to address them.”