San Luis Obispo County Public Works will begin to address part of a longtime pedestrian-safety issue in Cambria later this month when construction begins on an asphalt pedestrian walkway along Eton Road, between Burton Drive and Schoolhouse Lane.
The busy route is often used by children, especially school-age students on their way to and from Santa Lucia Middle School.
Parents, motorists and other concerned residents often have pleaded for some sort of project to help improve safety in that area.
According to information released by Public Works, the “Safe Route to School” project will improve pedestrian safety for the students and the general public, because walkers will be able to travel on “a pedestrian pathway separated from the vehicular traffic.”
Work is scheduled to begin this month and continue for about a month. During construction, drivers can expect lane closures and delays of up to 10 minutes during work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Another, nearby safety problem will be more difficult to solve, Public Works officials have told locals for years, including representatives of the North Coast Advisory Council. Providing a safe, secure pathway down the Burton Drive hill from the Eton turnoff to the Burton Bridge would be problematic, they’ve said, because of the narrow available area, the steep terrain and other issues there.