Though most of the work on the Mono Way widening project in Sonora has yet to come, the city's chief engineer said the work that most impacted drivers is done.
City Engineer Gerard Fuccillo said that, as of Monday, the project is about one-third complete. However, Fuccillo described the remaining work as a "gentle slope" with the culvert replacement that closed a short stretch of the busy road completed.
The culvert work required a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week closure between Roselyn Lane and Rodgers Road from July 28 through Aug. 6.
"Most of the work from here on end will be on the sides ofthe road," said Fuccillo, who added that both directional lanes of traffic should remain open for the project's duration.
Fuccillo said road crews this week will begin work on a retaining wall along Mono Way, as well as some grading and sidewalk work. Eventually, he said, drivers can expect some night work for asphalt overlay and some other light culvert work.
The widening work has hurt businesses along Mono Way, between Greenley Road and Fir Drive, as the closure and one-way traffic control have forced detours and confusion for people. The work has affected traffic along the already busy thoroughfare, as well as Sanguinetti Road, Greenley Road and Old Wards Ferry Road where drivers were detoured.
"I don't ever want to close Mono Way again," Fuccillo said.
When completed, the $3.7 million project funded by Tuolumne County and the City of Sonora is expected to ease traffic on Mono Way, from Greenley Road to Fir Drive.
Along with widening and repaving Mono Way, the project also involves installing a retaining wall along much of the stretch and building new sidewalks.
Tuolumne County is paying 90 percent of the project cost, with the City of Sonora picking up 10 percent because of a formula based on population.
The funding will come mostly through traffic-mitigation fees paid by developers.
The contractor, George Reed Inc., has set up a phone line for information and inquiries about the project at 557-3161.