ASHLAND, Ore. — Work continues on Calle Guanajuato in between restaurants on the Ashland plaza and the Ashland creek. Typically in the spring, restaurants expand their seating and business outside, and while that hasn’t been an issue yet, as temperatures warm up, restaurants want the project to wrap up.
The project broke ground back in December but hit a speed bump right away. The icy weather delayed crews from continuing the project for about two weeks. April first was the target date for completion, but now that has been pushed back to mid to late April. Ashland officials said the work had been needed for a long time and every year a handful of complaints of people tripping on the walk way were reported. The project is also an opportunity to upgrade the utility lines to the nearby businesses.
“At the same time, we realized that a lot of the utilities down there are quite old and the last thing we wanted to do was to resurface it and then have to cut it open in the next year or two to work on utilities,” said Ashland Parks & Rec. director Don Robertson.
Ashland officials said winter is chosen for the construction because it has the least impact on businesses. Parks director Don Robertson thanked the impacted businesses for their understanding and cooperation.