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San Luis Obispo earns Project of the Year Awards
updated: Mar 13, 2017, 3:37 PM

Source: City of San Luis Obispo


Toro Creek Photo: City of San Luis Obispo

Four of the City of San Luis Obispo’s (City) recent capital improvement projects have earned prestigious Project of the Year honors from the Central Coast chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). APWA is an advocacy group for public works professionals.

San Luis Obispo Skate Park Photo: City of San Luis Obispo

The projects include:

  • Los Osos Valley Road exchange, in the Transportation  >$15 million category
  • San Luis Obispo Skate Park, Structures between $2 and $5 million
  • Jack House Elevator Removal, Historical Project  <$2 million
  • Toro Street Creek Bank Stabilization, Environmental Project <$2 million

The City won awards in four of the five categories available. Each project won its respective category, making it automatically eligible for overall Project of the Year. The Los Osos Valley Road Interchange project made it to the final selection for overall Project of the Year but did not advance.

LOVR Bridge Photo: City of San Luis Obispo

The projects all improve City quality of life: The Los Osos Valley Road project widened an interchange, originally built in 1962, which had become notorious for traffic jams; The 15,500-square-foot concrete skate park, located at Santa Rosa Park, was built after 200 skateboarders descended on City Hall in 2007, advocating that the old wooden skate ramps at the park needed to be replaced with a modern venue; The Jack House project removed a non-historical elevator installed in 1973, restoring a bay window and the house’s original historic look; And the Toro Street Creek Bank Restoration stabilized an eroded wall that could have caused the collapse of a creek bank and forced the closure of Toro Street.

Jack House Photo: City of San Luis Obispo

“The awards result from the efforts of City staff, the Council and the public,” said Public Works Director Daryl Grigsby. “And we’d like to congratulate the project managers and construction inspectors who brought these projects from an idea on paper to finished and operational City improvements that benefit everyone in our beautiful City.

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