Downtown lane work now expected in mid-April

Hollister public works employees inspect the area where a main break occurred in downtown Hollister.

Although a contractor initially expected to do a downtown Hollister lane reconfiguration during the holiday shopping season, that work is now planned for sometime in mid-April, a city official said this week.
Council members in late November approved spending $124,000 on a lane reconfiguration, from four to two, for an area of downtown.
Plans call for reducing the downtown’s four lanes to two between Third and Hawkins streets while installing turn pockets at intersections that don’t already have them.
The work, to the dismay of some downtown business owners, was initially set to occur during the heart of holiday shopping season. VSS International is expected to do the slurry seal in a day and then return about two weeks later to restripe the road.
Now, the contractor doesn’t expect to get to the work until mid-April, engineering manager David Rubcic told council members Monday.
Rubcic could not be reached immediately Thursday to further explain the delay.

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