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Paso Robles' Union Road re-opens after construction

Union Road in Paso Robles.
Union Road in Paso Robles. tstrickland@thetribunenews.com

After months of construction work, Union Road in Paso Robles is now open.

The eastside thoroughfare, which re-opened Monday, had been closed to most traffic since last fall as crews worked to widen a quarter-mile stretch 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.

The roughly $2.8 million project, separate from the city's half-cent sales tax increase voters approved in 2012 to fix roads, was funded with a mix of city and state funds, including a $533,500 state grant.

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

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