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Some Paso Robles-area roads getting repairs

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 00:13:02-05

A handful of roads in Northern San Luis Obispo County are scheduled to undergo some major improvements.

One road, in particular, that'll finally see improvement is Jardine Road in rural Paso Robles. It's been a hot topic in the community for years.

"It's, in my option, one of the worst roads in the county," said Vanessa Harris who lives nearby.

Harris is one of the residents that's advocated for repairs to the road she describes as "cobblestone."

"As soon as you hit the city-maintained portion of the road, you literally start to jump and rattle and shake your car," Harris said.

While our cameras were rolling on Monday, a car drove on the opposite side of the road to avoid the potholes altogether.

But there's a much smoother path ahead. It's on the calendar to be repaired from Tower to Beacon Road in mid-December.

"I really hope that we will see it because there are a lot of people that live and use this road that have been on bated breath for decades," Harris explained.

San Luis Obispo County Public Works is behind the project for the one-mile stretch of road as a cooperative agreement with the City of Paso Robles.

Work also got underway along Willow Creek Road on Monday.

Stretches of Camp 8 and Rocky Canyon Roads will also see improvements over the next month or so.

"The county, every three years, we go out and we look at every single one of our roads and we evaluate the PCI or pavement condition index," said Brian Under of the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Transportation Division.

The worst roads are typically repaired. The cost is just over $3 million, being paid for with SB-1 funds.

Meantime, Dry Creek Road, another road needing upgrades, is also being repaired this week by the City of Paso Robles.

"It was pretty bad," said Ditas Esperanza, City of Paso Robles Capital Projects Engineer. "The surface underneath that road didn't really have a base so it's just uncompacted dirt and some asphalt just thrown over it."

The roughly $1.5 million project is being paid for through a sales tax measure passed back in 2012.

It's slated to be complete by the end of December.

Phase 2 is set to get underway next summer from Estrella Warbirds to Jardine as part of that agreement with the county.

The City of Paso Robles recommends drivers avoid Dry Creek Road this week to not hit traffic.

All of the road improvements are weather-dependent so the dates may vary.