San Luis Obispo County public works officials now say they may start repair work on part of Cecchetti Road in rural Arroyo Grande next week.
The road has been closed since January after public works crews were alerted to a hole in a concrete deck that crosses the Arroyo Grande Creek. Drivers wanting to access the Huasna area and Branch Elementary School have been directed to a detour on Huasna Road.
The work was scheduled to start April 15 but was delayed so that county officials could respond to concerns raised by California's Department Fish and Wildlife. In an email, San Luis Obispo County Development Services Division Manager Frank Honeycutt wrote that the state agency’s questions have been answered.
Honeycutt said the questions included how county officials would proceed if they realized the work would pollute the creek or endanger the habitat. The county said it would adjust the work to address the issue or halt the repairs until the problem could be addressed. Fish and Wildlife officials could not be reached for comment so far this week.
“As you likely recall, the method of repair that we are pursuing isolates our work from the creek; which enables us to proceed without needing apply for regulatory permits,” Honeycutt wrote in an email. “Therefore we can proceed with the repair knowing that we are fulfilling both our responsibility to protect the creek and our responsibility maintain this road for public use.”
The county Board of Supervisors on April 2 approved a work plan to fix the Cecchetti Road crossing for an estimated $50,000.