Highway 46 project near Paso continues

The $30 million widening of Highway 46 from Airport Road to Geneseo Road near Paso Robles is continuing on schedule and within budget, officials said. It’s slated for completion in late 2010.

Officials said they’ve worked to make the project environmentally friendly in several ways:

• Project contractor Papich Construction of Pismo Beach is using concrete reclaimed from a local landfill. It’s crushed into gravel and then used as recycled material on both sides of the highway.

• Two wildlife crossings are being built beneath the highway to allow animals such as deer and kit fox to freely cross underneath without interfering with vehicle traffic.

• A wetland area with native plants has been constructed.

— Tonya Strickland