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Apr 7, 2014 8:29 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Los Osos Valley Road overpass to expand to alleviate traffic

If you've ever tried to get onto Highway 101 from Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo, you may have noticed some congestion. The three lane road often backs up on both sides of the highway, and the city is now working on clearing it up.

LOVR links SLO's eastside to the westside, and the road is used by thousands of drivers every day.

Daryl Grigsby, the City's Public Work's Director said, "We know through our traffic studies it is one of the more congested corridors in the city, basically because of the way the city's configured geographically, and also because there's so much shopping and opportunities on the east side, and also there's housing on both sides."

So, the city is moving forward with construction plans to widen the overpass from three lanes to four.

The $33 million project will also include adding sidewalks and bike lanes.

"So that would add not just to the vehicle capability of that structure, but also the non-motorizing act of transportation, biking and walking," said Grigsby.

Last Tuesday, the city council said the Public Work's Department can start accepting proposals from construction management firms. The contract for the construction management company is a $2.4 million deal.

In September, the city will begin to look for construction companies and then the project is expected to break ground in the fall.

Grigsby said there could be more congestion while construction work is underway, "But frankly, one of the reasons that we have a construction manager is really to help manage all the components of that project to minimize disruption to the traveling public."

Construction is expected to begin this fall and could last 19 months.

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