Danville Express

Newsfront - May 11, 2007

Weather delays Alamo traffic fixes

Two weeks more before Stone Valley Road project complete

by Natalie O'Neill

The completion date for a project to ease congestion on Stone Valley Road has been extended two weeks due to weather and electrical issues.

"It was delayed a little because construction workers were trying to pull power from the signals at Stone Valley Road to the flashing lights at Jackson Way," County Civil Engineer Chris Lau said Tuesday.

Flashing crosswalk lights at Jackson Way needed a higher electric voltage, which had to be taken from the signal at Stone Valley Road, slowing the completion of both locations. This required some trenching - cutting into the pavement to lay down electrical wires - which took longer to complete when rain was added into the equation.

The project will add two turn signals from Danville Boulevard onto Stone Valley Road, remove cement island "pork chops," and put in curbs compliant with the American Disabilities Act. In late April it was set to be finished by May 15 but has now been extended to May 28 at the latest, Lau said.

"That took a little more time than expected. Weather played a part," Lau said.

The pork chops have already been removed, both left turn lights are ready to go, and ramps should be done by the end of this week, Lau said.

After that, asphalt will be laid and then re-striping will be the final stage. When drivers in Alamo see striping paint come out, that means it won't be much longer, Lau said.

"To say we're doing everything in our power to alleviate congestion is an understatement," said Alamo Deputy Elmer Glasser, who is working with the Public Works Road Division Supervisor to speed the project along.

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