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Atascadero intersection to be closed for five days next week

A sidewalk shelter is framed in November during construction of Atascadero's new transit center, being built next to City Hall.
A sidewalk shelter is framed in November during construction of Atascadero's new transit center, being built next to City Hall.

A much-used eastside intersection in downtown Atascadero will be closed for five days in December while new crosswalks are installed at the city’s new transit center currently under construction.

The closure will be set up at the intersection of Capistrano and Lewis avenues from Dec. 3 to 7, according to a news release from the city. The intersection is located on the south side of the Lewis Avenue Bridge behind City Hall.

The forecast of rain in the coming days could extend the five-day closure, which is needed for road removal and concrete pouring and drying time.

The closure will impact traffic coming from Highway 41 to Lewis Avenue across the bridge, which also affects the main entrance to Atascadero Junior High School.

School traffic will need to travel on El Camino Real to West Mall, or Traffic Way to Lewis Avenue to West Mall, officials said.

West Mall is the recommended student drop-off and pick-up site during the closure, according to the city.

The estimated $990,000 transit center, being built next to City Hall and the future site of the city's new library, will serve as a central drop-off and pickup spot for buses. The outdoor hub will have sidewalk shelters, lighting, benches and bus loading stalls on the street.

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