Second section of utility lines about to go underground on East Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande

Construction will soon start in Arroyo Grande on the second phase of a project to move utility lines underground on East Grand Avenue.

The project — a step in the city’s economic development efforts on the East Grand Avenue corridor — will underground all lines along the street from Oak Park Boulevard to Elm Street, according to a news release.

The work is expected to start later this month or in November and will last several months, but will stop during the holiday season to minimize the impact on businesses.

Most of the work will take place around the sidewalk areas; light poles will be removed and replaced.

The project will be funded with a portion of revenues from PG&E as required by a program established by the California Public Utilities Commission, city officials said.

The first phase of the project was completed several years ago on East Grand Avenue from Halcyon Road to Highway 101.

The final phase will underground lines on the street from Elm Street to Halcyon Road. City officials hope to start that phase in the next two to three years.