Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Public Works Director Eric Weir announced Wednesday afternoon that after a week of work by city and county crews, Cooper Avenue opened to traffic ahead of schedule.

“My hat’s off to them,” Weir said. “We had a week of good weather and they’ve been working dawn to dusk on this every day.”

As of Wednesday morning, crews had finished the necessary utility work. The K-rails that had been used to block the street during the construction were moved to make a temporary sidewalk along the northernmost lane.

Weir said the current pavement will later be used as a base layer for more pavement which will be installed when weather allows. Curbs and sidewalks will follow.

Around 2 p.m., as rain started pouring with authority, the last of the barricades were removed and traffic was again allowed to access J Street from US 101.

The road was first closed after it was discovered a culvert had collapsed under the streets following mid-December storms. An emergency declaration by the Crescent City Council allowed crews to fast track the project.