The city of Paso Robles is making progress on its new park-and-ride lot at the former Boatel Mini-Storage site at Seventh and Pine streets downtown.
Construction on the new lot, which will have 42 spaces, started in February and is expected to be complete by July, according to the city.
The additional downtown parking is being installed at the North County Transportation Center at the train station. It’s the city’s fifth parking lot downtown but the first one that incorporates new designs mandated by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, city capital projects engineer Ditas Esperanza said.
The lot is being constructed with pervious concrete to allow storm water to seep into the ground, potentially recharging the groundwater, instead of running off into storm drains to the Salinas River, Esperanza said.
The $700,000 project includes resurfacing an old parking lot and adding the pervious concrete to the new parking areas as well as to paver sidewalks. New lighting, motorcycle parking, bike racks, benches, two spaces for electric vehicle charging stations and drought-tolerant landscaping are among other features being installed.
A pedestrian bridge is being built to provide disabled access from the parking spaces along Pine Street to the train station.
The project was paid for with a mix of city and state funds.