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The intersection of Spring and 16th streets on Thursday, February 9.

Repairs to include storm drain, sewer and water lines and sidewalk upgrades

-Street improvements for Spring Street between 10th and 16th streets will complete the repairs between 1st and 24th streets. Public Works Director Dick McKinley said the design work for improvements between 24th and 36th streets is underway. Work on the 10th to 16th street section is expected to start as soon as possible after a contract is awarded. Work will include resurfacing,  storm drain, sewer and water lines, sidewalk upgrades and improved compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Improvements between 16th and 24th streets were completed in 2015 and between 1st and 10th in 2016.

Also on the slate for 2017 are slurry and hot spot repairs to city streets and citywide storm drainage maintenance  Hot spot and slurry work includes grinding existing pavement, replacing and adjusting utility covers and removing and replacing pavement striping. McKinley said these repairs will also include portions of streets that are failing. Storm drainage maintenance includes annual inspection and maintenance of citywide storm drainage appurtenances, such as drain inlets, bubble ups, pipes, and vaults.

Sealed bids for the hot spot repairs and storm drain maintenance are being accepted at the City Clerk’s office, 1000 Spring Street. The bid closing dates are:

  • March 9, 2 pm for the Hot Spot Repairs Creston Road and Various Streets, DPW Project No. 16-10
  • March 16, 2 pm for the Citywide Storm Drainage Maintenance Project, DPW Project No. 16-25


Projects in the planning stage for 2017 include an outreach project to develop a community vision for the Creston Road Corridor and design work for street connections from Creston Road to Fontana and eventually connecting through the Chandler Ranch area to Union Road.

The issues with the Creston Road Corridor between Niblick and South River Street include changes in the width of the road, intermittent sidewalks and bike lanes, a need for improved ADA compliance, safe pedestrian walkways and routes to school, traffic calming, storm water control requires comprehensive planning. The city will be forming a citizen advisory group from the residential and business communities along the corridor for developing that plan. The  advisory group and the planning process is funded by a $185,000 grant from Caltrans and $50,000 in matching funds from the city. The overall Creston Road Corridor project is estimate to cost $3M, which was approved by the city council in 2012 as part of a five-year expenditure plan for the half cent sales tax passed by voters that same year. McKinley said he expects an announcement requesting applications for the citizen advisory group to to be made in the near future.

In addition to major street improvements, the city’s Public Works Street Maintenance Division maintains over 150 miles of streets and roads as well as all of the sidewalks, curbs and gutters, creek beds, signs, traffic signals, and all city-owned trees. Pothole repair is done on an ongoing basis in response to reports from the public and monthly pothole surveys by street maintenance crews. Additionally, the crews perform graffiti abatement, traffic control, accident cleanup and a variety of other tasks related to city streets and roadways. Potholes and other problems can be reported on the Public Works  website or by calling the Public Works Department (805) 237-3864. After hours and weekend incidents requiring immediate attention can be reported to the Paso Robles Police Department Community Services (805) 227-7540 or by calling the non-emergency Police Dispatch number: (805) 237-6464.

The community can help maintain neighborhoods through the city’s Adopt A Street program. Adopting a street requires litter pickup on a designated street segment at least once a month for one year. The City provides safety gear, trash bags and trash pickup. City of Paso Robles Water Quality Specialist Michael Hendry said there are currently more than 50 active street , trail and pathway sections in the program with Highway 46 being actively adopted at this time. Hendry said that trails and pathways have been added into the program over the past five years. Residents interested in adopting a street or trail can apply online or call Hendry at (805) 227-7239.

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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.

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