Construction work has begun on the $786,500 in improvements scheduled for a two-block stretch of downtown San Luis Obispo on Higuera Street from Morro to Garden streets.
The improvements include aesthetic upgrades such as Mission-style sidewalks and new tree grates, trash cans and sign posts on Higuera Street from Morro Street to Garden Street.
John Madonna Construction Company was hired by the city to do the work.
Construction is expected to continue through April with work scheduled from 2 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.
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Noisy work such as saw cutting and jack hammering will not start until after 5 a.m. to minimize the impact on downtown San Luis Obispo residents.