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Q&A: why isn’t roadwork on Sunrise Blvd done at night?

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With the city’s announcement that one lane of Sunrise Boulevard near Sayonara Drive will be closed on weekday’s from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for drainage improvements, some residents have questioned why the work wasn’t scheduled at night.

While the city has previously announced nighttime closures on Sunrise Boulevard due to paving work in the past, this time the closure is affecting a busy roadway during the day for an extended period of time, through Sept. 15.

Asked how decisions are made regarding when to schedule road work, Citrus Heights General Services Department Management Analyst Regina Cave said factors include whether the area is commercial or residential and also how long the project is estimated to take.

“Night work is fine for commercial areas,” said Cave in an email to The Sentinel. “However, when you are close to residential, it becomes a quality of life issue due to noise.”

Citing past night work near homes on the north end of Sunrise Boulevard, she said the city has at times conducted roadwork at night — but an effort is made to keep it to a minimum of three nights or less at a time.

“Because this project is about 30 days worth of work, the impacts to the immediately adjacent residents with night work would be too great, therefore we opted for day work,” Cave said regarding the latest drain work on Sunrise Boulevard.

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As previously reported on The Sentinel, the city announced that storm drainage improvement work will result in the closure of one southbound lane of Sunrise Boulevard on a short section of roadway between Sayonara Drive and Arcade Creek.

The project was scheduled to begin Aug. 2 and continue through Sept. 15, with construction work taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a news release from the city.

The $212,000 drainage project was approved by the city council in June and awarded to Martin General Engineering as the lowest bidder, according to a June 8 staff report. The project includes installation of 435 linear feet of new storm drain pipe, along with a new manhole at the intersection of Sayonara Drive and Sunrise Boulevard.

An existing storm drain at the location “is undersized and does not meet current standards,” the staff report said.



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