Jul 31, 2013 9:43 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
San Luis Obispo County's Public Works Department has been working on the Los Osos Wastewater Project for more than a year now. The County is installing a new sewer system, which means major construction work right in front of homes in the Los Osos-Baywood area.
Resident Cecilia Deines said, "Our block, they worked on for I think it was about 2 1/2 weeks, and it was crazy. It was a mess."
The construction on Deines' street has been completed, but the work continues along many other residential streets in Los Osos.
"There was huge, big, big piles of dirt, all down the street. These huge equipment," said Deines.
She and her family have been residents in the Los Osos-Baywood area for more than 40 years. Deines said the Los Osos Wastewater Project is the largest construction project that she has ever seen in her town.
The San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department said the project should be completed by late 2015. Officials said they understand how the construction may be inconvenient for some, because many of the streets are blocked off. Some residents have complained about not being able to get into their driveways, but county officials said the project is a must, and it is moving progressively.
"We have a lot of older people on our street, and it probably hampered them, but you know, they probably stayed home more," said Deines.
Deines said the construction workers were very friendly and accommodating, allowing residents to get by.
She said, "It's gonna be like this for a few years, so we might as well get used to it."
County officials said one of its priorities is to keep the community in the loop with the construction work. They suggest if any homeowners have questions or concerns to visit their website, which they said is constantly being updated with information. Residents can also contact the community liaison, Michelle Houser. For information, click here.
The County said the project costs more than $173 million.
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