Motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes as crews work to realign a section of Highway 41 east of Homestead Road.
The project now includes a temporary traffic signal to assist motorists traveling through the project area, which has been reduced to one lane until the project is completed in February 2011, according to Caltrans.
The realignment will eliminate two tight curves on the highway and replace it with one longer curve.
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Crews are working on the project 24 hours a day, according to Caltrans, and large trucks are not recommended on that portion of highway.
The contractor for the $600,000 project is Souza Construction of San Luis Obispo.
— Tonya Strickland
Samples from 48 local restaurants, a brewery, wineries, ice cream makers and coffee houses will be featured at Paso Robles’ 13th annual Taste of Downtown event Saturday.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., ticket holders can walk through downtown businesses to sample food, treats and drinks.
Participating eateries and wineries located outside downtown will offer their creations in Downtown City Park.
Tickets cost $25, with proceeds benefiting the Paso Robles Main Street Association’s free holiday events.
Tickets can be purchased at the Main Street office, 835 12th St., Suite D, in the Norma’s Way alley.
Chalk art will be displayed the morning of the event to celebrate downtown’s ninth annual Arte de Tiza with the Paso Robles Art Association and other local groups.
Murals created by area artists will be displayed on the sidewalk along Pine Street between 11th and 12th streets. Artists will begin the creations at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Call the Main Street Association at 238-4103 for more information.
— Tonya Strickland
Decorated Navy veteran Paul Burns has taken over as veterans service officer for San Luis Obispo County.
Burns, whose contract was approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, replaces Mike Piepenburg, who retired in April.
Burns served as a U.S. Navy Seabee for more than 20 years before retiring from the service in 2005.
He had a distinguished military career, serving in a variety of leadership positions, and his achievements include two National Defense medals, six Good Conduct Awards and four Navy Marine Corps medals.
He has been working for the county as a capital projects coordinator in the General Services Agency.
In his new job, Burns will advocate for veterans, as well as their dependents and survivors, by providing information and services that will enable them to receive a variety of benefits, including monetary and medical entitlements.
Burns will earn $117,352 in salary and benefits.
— Bob Cuddy