As the Susanville Capital Maintenance Paving Project gets under way in earnest, residents and travelers alike should suffer little inconvenience as most of the roadwork will be completed during the evening and night hours — from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. According to Michael Mogen, the Caltrans project manager, the roadwork will be done at night to cause as little disruption to businesses on Main Street as possible.
Mogen also noted there is less traffic during the evening and overnight hours compared to the traffic volume during the daylight hours.
Details of the project were revealed at an open house last Tuesday at City Hall, but few local residents attended the meeting.
The project manager reported the 7-mile project will begin with improvements to the drainage on both ends of town before beginning to install Americans with Disabilities ramps at intersections along Main Street, beginning in the southeast part of town.
Due to planned events in Uptown Susanville — Safe and Sane Halloween, the Veteran’s Day Parade and the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony — making the curbs in that area ADA complaint will have to wait until next year. Construction should be complete by the end of next summer, so this is a big project.
Caltrans will supply business owners with signs they can display that read, “Open during construction,” and Caltrans will create a weekly newsletter available each week via email. Residents should be patient. Main Street will be much improved once the project has been completed.