Predictions of the first storms of the year came on the heels of a SLO County Public Works announcement that bids would open on Jan. 17 for the first segment of the Cambria Flood Control project.
This step involves construction of a bridge on Highway 1, south of Cambria Drive. An announcement from the county's Department of Public Works explained that a channel under the bridge would stretch from the former Mid-State Bank property to Santa Rosa Creek, and would handle about 85 percent of the floodwater that sometimes overflows the creek and floods the West Village area.
The project also includes reconstructing Cambria Drive from Highway 1 to Main Street, installing a new traffic signal at the Highway 1/Cambria Drive intersection, and extending a crosstown trail bike path from Highway 1 to Main Street.
The department expects construction to begin in March and wrap up by December.