Wells Avenue to close for construction

PCWA project runs from Nov. 5 to Dec. 7
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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A construction project will close Wells Avenue between Barton and Laird roads on weekdays from Nov. 5 through Dec. 7.

Detours will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and only residents and emergency vehicles will be allowed in, said Tony Firenzi, senior engineer with Placer County Water Agency (PCWA). 

“The traffic control will be ‘soft’ road closure, meaning road closures with detours, except that lanes will be made available through work areas for local residents and emergency services.  The roads will be reopened fully each evening,” Firenzi said.

Road closures often raise concerns about increased response time for emergency personnel.

Loomis Fire Protection Chief Dave Wheeler said, “Any time there is construction, that changes response times. We’ll be working with South Placer Fire.”

PCWA’s Sierra Ridge Pipeline Improvements Project, which Firenze said is “well needed,” will increase system capacity, particularly fire fighting flow from hydrants, along PCWA’s Taylor Road and Sierra College Boulevard pipelines. 

He said customers along Sierra College Boulevard between Night Watch Drive and Taylor Road; and down Taylor to Penryn Road could notice an increase in water pressure.

Work is also slated from Dec. 10 through Jan. 4, on Wells Avenue on the east side of Laird Road; and on to Val Verde Road between Wells Avenue and Dick Cook Road. Construction may begin again in spring and is tentatively scheduled for March 4 through 22 on Barton Road north of Rutherford Canyon Road, although Firenzi said Rocklin Road is being considered as an alternative instead of the Barton Road portion. 

Firenzi said the project is being constructed and paid for by a developer and reimbursed through connection fees.

Firenze said the dates are tentative and subject to revision based on “progress of the work and weather.”

For more information, call (530) 823-4850.