SLO County Roundup


Motorists can expect a roughly 15-minute delay starting Monday during a project to realign a section of Highway 41, just east of Homestead Road.

Two sharp curves on the road will be eliminated, according to Caltrans, and will be replaced with one longer curve.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the first two weeks of the project while a temporary traffic signal is installed. The signal is designed to control traffic flow to one lane until the $604,000 project is completed in December.

The contractor for the work is Souza Construction of San Luis Obispo.

— Tonya Strickland


Work is expected to begin Monday on the Hutton Road widening project in Nipomo, the county Department of Public Works has announced.

The project, which will cost $433,559, will widen Hutton Road from Cuyama Lane to Nipomo Creek, provide improved shoulders for bicycle lanes, and add a center turn lane fronting existing business driveways.

The county anticipates traffic delays, and is advising motorists to use caution when travelling in the construction zones; to be aware of the work days posted; and to give themselves extra time to get to their destination, or use alternate routes.

Construction will call for one 12-foot wide lane with flagging. A minimum of two 10-foot wide traffic lanes will be maintained to allow traffic to pass through the construction zone.

The work should be completed by November. Souza Construction, Inc. is the contractor. The project is funded from a federal safety grant.

— Bob Cuddy

Cal Poly

The first Central Coast Bioneers Conference will be held Oct. 15 to 17 at Cal Poly and will include educational events aiming to promote environmental cleanliness.

Bioneers is a nonprofit educational organization formed in 1990 that highlights change in how people can make the planet cleaner.

This inaugural satellite conference will be held at the Performing Arts Center and include local, regional and international speakers, experiential programs, films, music, art, exhibitors and food.

Topics addressed will include human impact on marine life, ecology of leadership, and economic transformation through rural farms.

The Moving Image Festival on Oct. 16 will feature documentaries on topics such as the water crisis and climate change. The conference will also feature shorts by local filmmakers.

For more information, visit www.ecologistics.org/centralcoastbioneers.

— Nick Wilson