WATSONVILLE—Heavily-trafficked Green Valley Road will be shut down between Struve Slough and Carey Avenue—near the Home Depot store—until Thursday, according to City of Watsonville officials.
The road closure was first announced on Oct. 24 and went into effect on Saturday. Crews from Granite Construction worked through the night over the weekend to grind out the old pavement and will return during the week to continue grading the roadbed and repaving the road.
The road improvements follow a multi-week project in which City crews replaced aging water main pipes that run under South Green Valley Road.
“We try to get the utility projects done before the road projects,” said Patrice Theriot, principal engineer for City of Watsonville.
Along with road improvements, that portion of Green Valley also features new, larger sidewalks that have been a boon for the foot traffic in the area.
“You wouldn’t think that there are many people that walk through there, but now that we have those sidewalks we have even more,” Theriot said.
The total cost of the road project is roughly $1.1 million, Theriot said. Funding for the project comes from SB 1, the gas tax approved by state legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017.
Final striping will be done next week, and crews will later return to finish up guard rail repairs.
The other portion of Green Valley—from the Freedom Boulevard intersection to Corralitos Creek—will also see a facelift soon, Theriot said.
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