Work on Madonna overpass nearly complete

Caltrans this week is expected to complete work on the Madonna Road overpass in San Luis Obispo, part of its yearlong project to improve highways 101 and 227, spokesman Colin Jones said Thursday.

Roadwork started at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound and eastbound fast lanes and left turn lanes onto Highway 101, and finished at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday. Work resumed Thursday at 6 p.m. and is slated for completion at 6 this morning.

Cal Portland of Santa Maria is the contractor for the repaving and restriping of an 8-mile section of Highway 101 through the city of San Luis Obispo, which will cost $16 million in state transportation funds. The work on Highway 227 — along South Street from South Higuera to Broad Street — which changed from four lanes to two lanes, will cost $7 million.

Other upgrades that have taken place in the past year include improved curbs and gutters, ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The roadwork, originally scheduled to end in January, may continue into February if weather conditions prohibit work, Jones said.

“It has been a long year of construction, but everything has gone smoothly,” Jones said. “It is going to improve driving conditions for everyone, and we appreciate motorists’ patience.”