County smooths things out on Taylor Road

Repaving in Penryn part of final overlay project to Taylor coming next year
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Motorists traveling a section of Taylor Road in Penryn are enjoying pothole-free driving. Last week, crews from the Placer County Department of Public Works applied a layer of asphalt on the historic highway. “It was quite a joy to drive down that nice stretch of road,” County Super Supervisor Jim Holmes said last Thursday. According to Ken Grehm, public works director, the work begins approximately 1,500 feet northeast of English Colony Road and proceeds one mile toward Newcastle. “We felt we needed to do something, because we were spending a lot of money patching that road, holding it together,” Grehm said. The constant patching didn’t result in a smooth roadway, and the coming fall and winter weather would add to the problem, Holmes said. “We wanted to make sure the road was in good shape for the coming winter,” Holmes said. But the work is in preparation for what’s to come, Grehm said. The actual overlay project will occur next year after the Newcastle Sewer District — which is being annexed to the South Placer Municipal Utility District — installs a sewer line along the road. Grehm said most of the sewer line construction will be to the side of the road, but along the roadway. Striping shifted the lanes to one side, leaving a wider area for installation in the south side of the road. Grehm said the sewer-line project will damage part of the work completed this month. Next year’s overlay project, “will help keep the road what it needs to be in the next 20 years,” Grehm said. “Hopefully it will last forever.” After the overlay, the lanes will be in the same location as they used to be. Only the section now covered with asphalt will be overlayed. The concrete roadway is not part of the overlay project. According to Grehm, the cost of the preparation work and installation of the overlay next summer is about $225,000. The overly work next year will take about a week to complete, he said. The funding for roadwork comes from two sources, Grehm said. One is general funding from the state gasoline tax for roadwork, and the other is from Proposition 1B, passed by the state’s voters in 2006.