ATASCADERO — Atascadero motorists will soon see some major improvements to two of the city’s “worst roads” after the Atascadero City Council voted unanimously June 23 to approve a contract with Ferravanti Grading and Paving of Paso Robles to repave portions of
City Engineer Nick DeBar said that the portion of El Camino Real being repaved — the section from the K-Mart plaza to the old location of Kai Lana restaurant — generates more complaints than any other road in the City.
“It’s a terrible part — our worst part of El Camino,” he said. “It’s confusing lane configurations —
The Council awarded Ferravanti the construction contract for the project in the amount of $1.59 million and construction should begin soon,
“I don’t expect it to take that long, especially with the cold
The project will involve repaving the portion of El Camino Real and also
“Any time we do major construction like this
Access to the businesses on El Camino Real will be maintained during the construction period.
The second part of the project will include repaving a portion of East San Anselmo Road from El Camino Real to Del Rio Road, another stretch of road that generates a huge number of complaints, according to DeBar. The project will also address the road’s issues with poor drainage.
DeBar reported to the Council that the project costs were higher than expected at $2.12 million and suggested that a budget shortfall of just under $100,000 be covered with an appropriation from the City’s Local Area Transportation Fund. The City is planning to use its first allocation from the State’s new gas tax to fund a part of the project, but if the tax
City staff recommended delaying the planned repaving of several other streets in the City this winter in order to cover the potential shortfall.
The Council voted to approve staff’s recommendations unanimously with
“The public is really going to notice this,” DeBar said. “When it’s done, they’re not going to believe we haven’t done it before. This is a very important piece of road to get fixed. I think it’s the worst road in Atascadero that I drive on regularly.”