SLO County Roundup


Motorists should expect lane closures with minimum delays starting Monday as the Southern California Gas Co. replaces a pipeline along El Camino Real in Atascadero during an estimated five-week construction project, according to the utility.

“The pipeline is being replaced as routine maintenance,” spokesman Tim Mahoney said. “I believe we had odor complaints.”

The main work site will be along West Mall between El Camino Real and Atascadero Avenue. Crews will also be working on El Camino Real, Morro Road, Atascadero Avenue and Santa Ynez Street.

Construction on the gas pipe — which serves the city and other parts of the North County — is scheduled to take about five weeks to complete with work slated for 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, officials said.

Mahoney said he didn’t know the age of the pipe.

Traffic will be down to one lane going southbound on El Camino Real. Parking along West Mall will also be limited during construction.

The westbound lane of West Mall will remain open to traffic and should not be affected, officials said. Short delays will be seen on the eastbound lane of West Mall and the southbound lane of Atascadero Avenue.

Business and residential properties around the construction sites will be notified of blocked areas.

Those with questions can call Gas Co. planner Robert Walker at 818-701-2552.

— Tonya Strickland

Arroyo Grande

Work will begin Monday on a project that will eventually add a 5,802-square-foot commercial project, the Shops at Short Street, to the Arroyo Grande Village.

The City Council in February approved an agreement with developer Nick Tompkins of NKT Commercial to sell him two city buildings — the Conrad House at 208 E. Branch St. and the former “malt shop” at 200 E. Branch St. — in exchange for a building he owned at 300 E. Branch St.

The malt shop, which housed the Building and Neighborhood Services divisions, will be demolished, and the Shops at Short Street will be constructed in its place at East Branch and Short streets.

The building and engineering divisions were relocated earlier this month to 300 E. Branch St.

Short Street will remain open, but a portion of Olohan Alley will be closed to vehicle traffic, according to an e-mail from NKT Commercial’s representative.

Construction is expected to last six months and will take place Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Improvements to Short Street will not take place until after the holiday season.

— Cynthia Lambert