Caltrans readies Marysville for 3 years of work
• Asphalt replaced by continuously reinforced concrete pavement, and in some places, by new asphalt.
• Obsolete traffic signals replaced or modified to improve traffic and pedestrian movement.
• Curbs, ramps and sidewalks upgraded to ADA standards.
Find out more at www.dot.ca.gov/moveover in the coming weeks.
A $48 million Caltrans highway improvement project more than four years in the works is set to begin construction in Marysville next month.
The project, according to information provided on Wednesday during an open house at the agency's District 3 headquarters, will take place during three years, and will involve 13 sections of roadwork.
Work will begin on E Street/Highway 70 at Sixth Street and continue north to Ninth Street/Highway 20. The project eventually will head west on 10th Street and east just south of Ellis Lake, then north again along B Street to 12th Street.
Marysville resident Aleta Zak looked over maps Wednesday that depicted each section of work, and alternate routes for motorists looking to avoid construction. She was one of 75 residents, commuters and business owners who attended the Caltrans forum.
"I'm trying to see where I fit into this, and it looks like I'm right in the middle of it," Zak said. "Are they gonna send commuters right down my street?"
Commuter bus parking near her home will likely bring additional traffic during part of the project, she determined.
"By getting the word out, people will know how to avoid the congestion," said Caltrans spokesman Gilbert Mohtes-Chan. "Our biggest concern is making sure people understand what's going on."
Among the primary messages, he said, is the fact that highways 20 and 70 in Marysville will not be closed during construction.
"We're not diverting the traffic away from the (Marysville) businesses," Mohtes-Chan said.
A few stages of work will have traffic detoured around construction sites for two or three weeks, he said. Otherwise, lane closures are likely to be in effect and alternate routes will be optional.
No detours are expected to occur until next year.
Specific routes will be made available at the Caltrans website, www.dot.ca.gov/moveover, in the coming weeks.
Construction for each phase of work is slated to take place in the summer-fall 2012, spring-fall 2013 and spring-fall 2014.