Work has begun to pave the eastern portion of Third Street, from Nieto Avenue to Bennett Avenue (one block west of Ximeno Avenue).

Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price said in a release that she has been advocating paving the residential street literally for years.

"I am ecstatic that it will not only be getting a complete repave, but will also have new sidewalks, ADA ramps, improved curbs and new gutters," she wrote. "I am excited that it is finally getting done; however there will be some traffic impacts during the project. I thank you in advance for your patience during this process."

Work will begin at the eastern end of the street, at Nieto. It will be done in five phases, with the first phase reaching to Argonne Avenue. The first four phases are all concrete replacement (sidewalks, curbs and gutters) and roadway preparation, including pavement removal. The fifth and final phase will pave the entire stretch of Third Street from Nieto to Bennett.

The concrete and road preparation phases each will last from three weeks to a month, weather permitting. The second stage is from Argonne Avenue to Park Avenue; the third is from Park to Quincy Avenue; and the fourth goes from Quincy to Bennett Avenue.

Paving is tentatively scheduled Nov. 6 and 7. That is followed by leveling utility lids to grade, followed by painting lane lines and crosswalks. The target completion date is Nov. 22.

Money for the project comes from the Measure A sales tax revenue as well as state and county transportation funds. Total cost is estimated at $975,000. The contractor is All-American Asphalt.

For more information, call Price's office at 562-570-6300.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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