Grass Valley post office parking lot resurfacing wraps up this weekend |

Grass Valley post office parking lot resurfacing wraps up this weekend

Ransome Company construction worker Juan Pena re-paves teh Grass Valley post office parking lot Thursday afternoon.

The parking lot of Grass Valley’s downtown U.S. Post Office is currently getting a needed face-lift, as construction on the site is nearing completion after being closed off to public vehicles for almost two weeks.

“We’ll be done probably on Sunday,” said Lao Pena, paving foreman for Ransome Company, a San Leandro construction company. “We’re finishing up the repaving and we’re going to see if we can do the striping next. We are also putting in two new handicap spaces.”

According to Pena, the parking lot, located at 185 East Main St., had visible cracks and dips throughout the lot that needed to be fixed, along with ground leveling issues near the post office’s handicapped parking spaces.

Ransome Company began work on the lot July 20, taking out the old asphalt, regrading, and putting in new curbs.

Bill Slade, owner of Nevada City’s Bill Slade and Son’s Trucking, said he provided Ransome Company with trucking for the new asphalt. Slade also partnered with the construction company in repaving a post office in Nevada City in June.

“So we’ve done the demolition on the facility here, front and back, and now we’re covering it up with new pavement,” Slade said. “Ransome (Company) does quality work. If you take a look at how they do things, the edges and the detail, it’s top-of-the line work.”

Pena said his company has worked on 10 post office projects throughout the state, this summer, and that the Grass Valley parking lot is their final one of the season.

“By Saturday, you’re going to see the new striping and the new lines in the parking lot,” he said. “And we’ll finish things up on Sunday.”

Post office officials could not be reached for comment.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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