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Nevada City residents can see their transportation tax dollars in action this week as the city’s contractor began work on a new sidewalk project.

And in Grass Valley, summer weather has sparked construction of sidewalk improvements and a new signal along Ridge Road, progress at a medical office building on Sierra College Drive and a new medical clinic on East Main.

Lindley Avenue



Crews started building a new sidewalk at Lindley Avenue between Brock and Doane roads on Tuesday, Nevada City Engineer Bill Falconi said.

The modest sidewalk project and its larger street resurfacing and improvement work was made possible by a voter-approved half-cent sales tax in November. More than 80 percent of city voters passed the half-cent sales tax in November to pay for the improvements.




Don Cunningham with Don Cunningham Construction said the $16,000 project could be finished by the end of next week. Road improvements will start about a week later and last through mid-October, Falconi said.

Resurfacing planned for Lindley Avenue and Doane Road, and Ridge Road and Zion Street head the list of other projects funded by sales taxes that are slated for this year, though that list could change, Falconi said.

Nevada City has contracted with Central Valley Paving, of Roseville, for the asphalt work.

Ridge Road

A stretch of Ridge Road in Grass Valley has been getting new sidewalks, curbs and gutters as part of a Safe Routes to Schools state grant, and a traffic light is expected to follow.

It could be ready in about two weeks, said City Engineer/Public Works Director Tim Kiser. The improvements will wrap a sidewalk around the corner from Hughes Road at Lidster Avenue to Ridge Road and on around to Sierra College Drive.

Street restriping adding bike lanes also is planned for the same roadway, Kiser said. The restriping has not been scheduled.

Also, construction work on a traffic light at the Ridge Road and Sierra College Drive where a four-way stop rests is under way, Kiser said.

The intersection has a four-way stop required of the developer as part of the city’s approval of the Morgan Ranch expansion, Kiser said.

Some residents of the development have criticized the signal plans, saying it isn’t necessary. Traffic backs up at the intersection for about 15 minutes in the early morning and mid-afternoon, when nearby Nevada Union High School starts and lets out.

The overall traffic volume might be higher at Idaho-Maryland Road, Railroad Avenue and the Highway 49/20 off ramp where the city installed stop signs earlier this year instead of traffic signals, Kiser conceded.

“But at certain points during the morning rush hour and lunch time, Ridge Road and Sierra College Drive congestion is a big problem,” Kiser said.

Medical office

Construction of a medical office building at the Sierra College Drive roundabout has

begun; grading work continued intermittently starting in the winter.

It should be finished by the beginning of next year, said Jeff Johnson, developer of Pacific Land Enterprises.

The building is expected to meet a high demand for new medical office space in the

area.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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