The City of Chico’s 2021 Annual Road Rehabilitation Project is underway. This project implements safety and accessibility improvements along Park Avenue from East 9th Street to East Park Avenue.
The City will incorporate Complete Streets improvements to enhance the safety of the corridor for all modes of transportation (e.g. motor vehicles, bikes, pedestrians, and transit). This project also includes installation of approximately 7,000 linear feet of conduit intended for future communication infrastructure.
Initial demolition began on June 7, with work conducted in advance by area utilities partners. Following the removal of damaged concrete sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and driveways, replacement concrete features will be constructed.
Grinding and paving operations will occur along Park Avenue from 9th Street to East Park Avenue and will be conducted at night to minimize traffic impacts.
“A key factor of our Pavement Management Program is identifying which City roads will be the focus of our Annual Road Rehabilitation Project,” said David Giongco, Public Works – Engineering Department Deputy Director. “We are excited to not only begin the safety improvements on this project for all modes of transportation, including adding additional bike lanes, but to improve this vital section of roadway for our Chico community.”
Intermittent lane closures will occur during construction, but single-lane traffic will remain open during daytime hours. Construction of the 2021 Annual Road Rehabilitation Project is anticipated to be completed by mid-August of this year.
Each roadway will include new striping. New bike lanes will be installed and will require parking removal in multiple locations along Park Avenue. New dedicated left-turn turn pockets will be constructed along the Park Avenue corridor between 9th to 20th Streets. Intersection pedestrian improvements include crosswalk striping and ADA-compliant curb ramps. The project includes the installation of approximately 7,000 linear feet of conduit intended for future communication infrastructure. Improvements are located entirely within the City of Chico public right-of-way.
Grinding and Paving Night Work and Detours
Beginning Sunday, July 11, 2021, and lasting through Wednesday, July 21, 2021, the City of Chico’s contractor, Knife River Construction, will begin night reconstruction work on the 2021 Annual Roadway Rehabilitation Project on Park Avenue.
Night work will occur on Park Avenue between 9th and 20th Streets and will consist of grinding and repaving the roadway surface. Traffic controls will be in effect between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. A temporary detour will be implemented during southbound and northbound operations near 9th Street. The detour will use West 11th Street and Broadway Street. Traffic flaggers will be placed at each main intersection in addition to the detour at West 11th Street. Local access throughout the project construction zone will be subject to traffic controls, temporary delays, detours, and closures in order to accommodate construction crews and equipment.
Drivers are encouraged to build extra time into their schedules, plan alternative routes to avoid the project area when possible, and drive with caution to avoid hazards and maximize the safety of workers in the roadway. The City acknowledges the inconvenience and appreciates the community’s cooperation and patience during this time.
This infrastructure project is deemed an essential service to continue to provide safe and effective transportation conditions for the public and is funded through the California Senate Bill 1 (SB1) gas tax dollars and waste hauler franchise fees.
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