Lane closures for Diamond project delayed

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By Jennifer Garcia

Residents on Sycamore and Ridgeway will have to wait just a little bit longer for the lane closures associated with the Diamond Drive Phase 3 project work to begin.

Though flyers went out to residents who live in the area, alerting them to the beginning of the construction, problems with striping equipment has delayed the onset of the work.

RMCI Inc. has begun moving their equipment to the worksite in preparation for the beginning of the project, but it seems that the lane closures will be delayed by a couple of days.

“Traffic right now is normal,” Project Manager Rey Gonzales said, “the only problem is that we told people on Sycamore and Ridgeway that a closure was scheduled and it looks like we’re going to miss that date.”

Before construction and traffic control can begin, the existing pavement markings need to be eradicated and temporary pavement markings need to be installed on the east side of Diamond, so that drivers know where to go when they do get diverted.

The equipment used for removing the existing striping is a high-pressure water system that can eradicate about 200 feet of markings a minute.

According to information from the Public Works Department, the water eradicator was not functioning so the contractor called to get a backup; on Wednesday, crews realized that the backup eradicator was not functioning, either.

“They’re working on it at some shop to get it fixed. We tried to get another supplier to provide them with equipment, but they couldn’t offer anything to eradicate the striping. We’re waiting to see if the first striper is going to get fixed or not,” Gonzales said.

“It delays the overall work for a couple of days. We’re hoping they can get the equipment they need to get rid of the existing striping so we can restripe the job and channel the traffic so we can have east lanes that go north and south, in two directions,” Gonzales said.

He also said he was hoping eradication of the existing markings would begin today, however, if the equipment is not fixed, then it may have to be delayed until as late as Friday.

Once the eradication begins, lanes will be closed while the temporary lane markings are put in place. Once the advance work is finished, the work zone moving traffic to the east side of Diamond will be placed and the Sycamore closure will start.

Gonzales said that county staff and the contractor’s staff were planning on doing a walkthrough of the site today.

“We’ll identify issues we need to concentrate on and we’ll address issues that need to be taken care of,” he said.