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With warm weather, GV construction heats up

Kerana TodorovSouth Auburn Street was cut off to traffic this week as crews installed a new pipe across the road.
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This is summer – construction season in Grass Valley.

Traffic was cut off on South Auburn Street this week to allow construction crews to install a new 5-foot tall drainage pipe across the road at Little Wolf Creek near Whiting Street. Work is expected to continue today.

Sometime after the end of the Nevada County Fair Aug. 11, traffic could be delayed at different spots around town as crews repave seven streets, two city parking lots and the McKnight Way overcrossing.

Motorists could also face detours on Mill Street between Neal and French streets, where telephone, television cable and electrical wires will be put underground.

“It will be a busy summer,” Tim Crough, Grass Valley’s deputy city engineer, predicted Thursday.

The street repaving project, which could be completed by November and is budgeted at $548,253, will increase the pavement’s life span by seven years, Crough said. Most of the streets will be repaved with fiber-reinforced asphalt, he said.

The project on Mill Street will be primarily funded with ratepayers’ money that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is required by the state to set aside for this type of work. The PG&E funds will pay $1 million of the $1.2 million cost of the project, Crough said.

Mill Street’s drainage pipes and sewer lines were repaired last year between French Avenue and Neal Street. In the final phase, new sidewalks will be built along that stretch of Mill Street, which will also be repaved.

Cars may be able to get through South Auburn Street this weekend once contractors backfill a 12-foot deep trench into the road, Crough and others said.

Dan Ochs, a subcontractor at the work site, said he hopes to reopen the road to traffic as soon as possible so drivers quit screaming at him. Business people have been really nice, he added.

Julie Dillman, who sells coffee to customers at the nearby 10 Minute Oil Change and Car Wash, said business has been unbelievably slow this week.

The $389,545 South Auburn Street project, which also entails installing new drainage pipes and storm drains along the street, could be completed by October, Crough said.

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