Richardson project nearly finished |

Richardson project nearly finished

The new intersection connecting Bennett, East Main and Richardson streets in downtown Grass Valley is scheduled to open for traffic beginning Friday, just in time for Labor Day weekend.

On Wednesday, the newly realigned Richardson Street was being paved in preparation for the opening. After Friday, traffic will be controlled by stop signs until signals are installed in mid-October.

Westcon Construction Corporation, Grass Valley’s contractor and a Newcastle-based company, will be working in the area to finish the underground utility work, sidewalks and landscaping. City officials estimate the full project will be completed in November.

The project is part of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan to improve traffic and to allow for more access to businesses in the area. The project has been delayed several times because of utility concerns and cleaning up contaminated soil in the area.

Richardson Street originally was scheduled to open in July.

The delays have been only one of the unplanned issues the city has faced with the project. The project was originally budgeted at $900,000, but in August, the estimated costs of completion rose to $1.04 million.

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