Work continues to widen part of Union Road in Paso Robles

Crews work on the widening project on Union Road in Paso Robles.
Crews work on the widening project on Union Road in Paso Robles. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Three retaining walls are built and utilities are laid so far in the roughly $2.8 million overhaul to improve a stretch of Union Road — a major city artery on the east side of Paso Robles.

Crews are working to widen a three-quarter-mile stretch of Union Road from Kleck Road to Prospect Avenue to add bike lanes on both sides and a sidewalk on the north side.

A city water main was also rebuilt.

Before the improvements, the corridor was notorious for its sloped, crumbling shoulders, narrow turns and cracked asphalt. It also lacked safe spaces for cyclists and pedestrians.

The street will remain two lanes in either direction.

Work began in the fall and is on schedule to wrap up in July as planned, according to the city. It’s prompted closures and detours for most traffic on the popular thoroughfare.

Before street construction began, utility companies relocated telephone, cable and electrical lines overhead. Then, street construction was halted for a time while underground gas mains were installed.

The project, separate from the city’s half-cent sales tax increase voters approved in 2012 to fix roads, is funded with a mix of city and state funds, including a $533,500 state grant.

The original project sought to widen Union Road from Kleck Road to Montebello Oaks Drive. In December 2014, the Paso Robles City Council extended the improvements a quarter of a mile from Montebello Oaks Drive to Prospect Avenue where the asphalt was deteriorated and cracked.

The sidewalk, curbs and gutters and paving work are slated to be installed this month and will be the final touches on the multi-leg project.

The contractor is G Sosa Construction Inc. in Santa Maria.

Map of the construction