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Breaking ground on Vista widening project
by Sarah Cooper
Aug 27, 2009 | 675 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune/Debra Reid</a> - The dirt flew on Thursday as government and corporate officials used blue ribbon shovels to break ground on the project to widen Vista Boulevard from two to four lanes north of Los Altos Parkway.
Tribune/Debra Reid - The dirt flew on Thursday as government and corporate officials used blue ribbon shovels to break ground on the project to widen Vista Boulevard from two to four lanes north of Los Altos Parkway.
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Local dignitaries dug their shovels into Vista Boulevard Thursday, ushering in a $10 million project to widen the thoroughfare to two lanes running in each direction.

Work is expected to begin in earnest in late September and will continue through the fall of 2010.

According to Regional Transportation Commission officials, the almost 3-mile stretch of road is being widened to accommodate the 22,000 trips made on it daily.

Contractor Q&D Construction is required by law to maintain one paved lane going in each direction throughout the construction.

“The contractor will make efforts to minimize delays and complete the work on schedule,” according to RTC project manager Doug Maloy.

Travelers can expect to see construction workers on the job between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to a release from RTC spokeswoman Felicia Archer, the project will eliminate a bottleneck that creates congestion daily between wider sections of Vista Boulevard on both the north and south ends.

“The two new lanes and intersection improvements will provide much-needed road capacity,” she said.

The project includes a new traffic signal at the Wingfield Hills Road and Vista Boulevard intersection, new medians, a pedestrian path and curb, gutter and drainage improvements.

The work will also repave the existing road to the area, bringing worn lanes up to current standards, Archer said. Those existing lanes will become the south bound lanes.

According to RTC staff, about 20 businesses along Vista Boulevard are expected to be impacted by the work.
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