Dec 8, 2011 6:29 PM by John Reger

Why Are the Fall Colors More Vibrant This Year? What Kind of Road Construction Is Going On in Paso Robles Near Highway 101?

Fall colors and road construction in Paso Robles are the subjects of Good Question tonight. First from Sylvia Jaron of San Luis Obispo. She wants to know: Is there a reason the fall colors seem to be more vibrant than usual this year? Good Question.

Cal Poly Biology Professor Matt Ritter agrees the colors have been especially spectacular this year. He says cold weather in early October got the leaves changing early. The green chlorophyll in the leaves starts to break down exposing yellow, red and purple pigments. But then mild temperatures in October and November kept the leaves on the trees and allowed the colors to develop longer.

Here's a question from Mario Eckles of Paso Robles. He asks: What's all the road construction in Paso Robles near Highway 101. There's lots happening. Two left-turn lanes are being added at Highway 46 heading south. The 16th street southbound off ramp is being taken out. At 17th Street, new on and off ramps are going in heading south. And new sidwalks are being added to the 13th street bridge over the highway. It should all be done by summer of 2014.

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