Three popular public parking lots in downtown San Luis Obispo are being resurfaced in coming weeks.
Rolling closures will temporarily leave motorists with fewer parking options.
The city has hired Toste Construction of Grover Beach to patch holes, resurface the lots and apply new thermal plastic markers to make parking spot lines more clear.
The project is estimated to cost $115,000 and will be paid from the city’s parking fund, which is generated from paid meters and parking citations among other sources of income.
The three lots affected are the parking area across from Big Sky Cafe off Marsh and Broad Streets, and the two lots off Palm Street, near the Palm Street parking structure.
All three lots will eventually be paved over by two large developments underway: Chinatown and Garden Street Terraces.
However, the work couldn’t wait, said Robert Horch, parking services manager.
“We’ve delayed and postponed resurfacing the lots because of those projects, but it is not set in stone when they will start,” Horch said.
He said work crews will address safety concerns such as fading lines on the parking stalls that make it difficult for drivers to discern the boundaries, and holes that could cause someone to trip and fall.
The contractor will post signs on each lot prior to work being done and stagger closures of the lots.
Each task is expected to take no more than one day to complete. The lots will be closed for a full 24 hours once resurfaced to let the slurry dry.
The work begins this week and will be complete by Nov. 6.