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Road blocks on my mind

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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It has been the winter of our discontent with road construction in the Loomis Basin.

Three rural roads have undergone prolonged closures while large-scale projects have been conducted by Placer County, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) and the South Placer Municipal Utility District (SPMUD). See "Rural road detours drag on" on the Loomis News homepage.

Sometimes, I feel like a mouse trying to navigate a maze while determining how to get from point A to point B. But it is much worse for those living within the closed areas.

A friend of mine had to guess which way to go every morning as she left Morgan Place and entered PCWA’s construction zone on Wells Avenue that was supposed to have been completed in December. She said one morning, Wells was closed at both ends leaving her driving in circles while trying to get to work. She said she made sure to tell the flagman.

Now that the construction has moved across to Val Verde Road, even more residents get to experience the thrill of not being sure how long it will take to exit or re-enter the area.

One gentleman is tired of driving over the roughly paved area of Horseshoe Bar Road at Vista Drive, where wet, cold weather and human error prolonged road paving that should have been finished in fall.

And don’t even try to get from Loomis to Penryn on Swetzer Road. An underground mountain of granite is holding things up there as SPMUD installs a gravity flow sewer line. Last I heard, they were chiseling away at the granite and may be creating a new Mt. Rushmore. OK, I made up the Mt. Rushmore part. But that project is one month behind schedule and counting.

Now that winter is officially over, the construction pace may quicken and we will eventually find ourselves in the spring of our discontent as the repaving phase on these projects begins.

Won’t we all be relieved when we can traverse the Loomis area roads without encountering detour signs?