Construction work improving the south side of the 13th Street Bridge in Paso Robles is now complete as crews shift their focus to the north side of the corridor.
The grant-funded project, which has snarled traffic at peak commute times each day over the city’s east-west connector, is slated to be complete early next year.
The south side barriers recently came down to reveal a new sidewalk and fencing.
At its completion, the bridge improvements will include a narrower sidewalk, curb, gutter and concrete work along with ornamental fencing and lighting. Also on 13th Street, there will be signal upgrades at Riverside Avenue and Paso Robles Street and three lanes for westbound traffic.
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The work is part of a $10 million grant project to carry out road projects on the bridge as well as at Highway 46 East and Highway 101; and on Riverside Avenue between 13th and 17th streets. Aside from the bridge work, the overall project is set to wrap up in summer 2014.
In the larger project, various milestones have also already been met. Among them are the completion of concrete work and new street lights along Riverside Avenue and the grading and most of the stamped concrete work for the on- and off-ramp at 17th Street and Highway 101, city engineer Ditas Esperanza said.