Noticed anything different in your travels around town, especially on the north side?
Yes, it has become an orange cone area, dotted with red flags and single lanes.
For reasons I do not fully understand, we have three major streets under construction at the same time. While they are all necessary, maneuvering around them can be challenging, especially with Brea’s public schools starting back Aug. 29. According to Steve Kooyman, Brea’s city engineer, most cities have summertime construction projects, but early school starts means temporary traffic impacts.
If you travel Central Avenue, west of Brea Boulevard you are aware of lane closures and construction to widen Central Avenue and include a dedicated westbound right turn lane onto Tamarack Avenue. Expected completion is Sept. 19, or 10 days after Brea schools begin. A pain, especially if your kids attend Mariposa Elementary School or you own a business at Central and Tamarack.
Said Kooyman: “There will be inconveniences to the public during construction time.” He added they are working with the contractor to conduct work between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
But that’s not all. We also have the North Brea Boulevard Underground Project from Central to Lambert Road, near Brea Junior High School.
That project by Southern California Edison and AT&T will replace the utility poles on the west side of Brea Boulevard with underground utilities, then Crowncastle and Time Warmer will install their conduits. Completion is expected in December, and according to Kooyman, we can expect traffic impacts on that section of Brea Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
The utility poles removal, however, won’t be completed until September 2018.
Another orange cone zone is Lambert Road from about Wildcat Way to Kraemer Boulevard where major road rehabilitation and repaving is taking place. Work is not expected to be done until October. It is adding to the daily clog up of Lambert Road traffic heading to the freeway, and the traffic coming and going to Brea Olinda High School and Brea Canyon High School on Wildcat Way or Olen Point.
Those are the major roadway projects, but we also have to contend with the sidewalk closures and lack of parking because of the construction of the downtown parking structure that won’t be done until January.
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