As surveyors ready Pebble Beach Drive for a major project expected to last most of the summer, the county has already modified plans for controlling traffic on the scenic lane.

Construction on the Pebble Beach Drive Safety Project starts today and is expected to be completed by the end of August. Instead of only allowing southbound traffic on Pebble Beach Drive during the project, the stretch of road between Hemlock and Pacific avenues will be open to northbound traffic only, according to Assistant Engineer Rosanna Bower.

Southbound traffic only will be allowed on Pebble Beach Drive between Pacific Avenue and West Condor Street. Bower said the county modified its traffic plan to shorten response time for emergency services coming from downtown Crescent City.

"They will go up Pacific and at that point they will turn either northbound or southbound," she said. "It will be one lane for the whole project. Pacific will be the decision point."

Residents whose homes can only be accessed from Pebble Beach Drive will be able to use Pacific Avenue as a detour, according to Bower.

The Pebble Beach Drive Safety Project will encompass a mile-long stretch of the scenic drive between West Condor Street and Hemlock Avenue. The work itself will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the day.

The project will include paving and widening the road's shoulders to 4andndash;5 feet on both sides, according to a Nov. 12 Board of Supervisors staff report. Workers will also reconstruct the Pacific Avenue intersection, eliminating the right turn lane to avoid accidents, and will add 260 feet of curb, gutter and sidewalk near the intersection.

The project also includes installing drainage infrastructure to reduce bluff erosion. It will be constructed by Tidewater Contractors, whose $586,361 bid was approved by the Board of Supervisors in February.

The county will install three changeable message signs on Washington Boulevard and on Inyo Street near the intersection with Pacific Avenue reminding motorists about the construction, according to Bower.

Ninety percent of the project is being funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program with 10 percent of the funding coming from the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission's Regional Surface Transportation Program.

For more information about the project, call the Del Norte County Engineering Division at 464-7229.

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