Yreka to divert downtown traffic during public works project lasting until summer 2022

Jessica Skropanic
Siskiyou Daily News
Work crews begin to replace parts of the sewer system on Main Street in Yreka on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Work is expected to continue until next summer.

The Yreka Public Works Department is warning motorists and pedestrians to watch for crews replacing parts of the sewer system in the downtown through next summer. 

Redding contractor SNL Group began work Monday to replace aging sewer mains and laterals on Main Street from Oberlin Road to W. Lennox Street. Work crews will then lay a fresh asphalt surface.

Traffic should continue through town, but motorists can expect some lane closures and parking areas to be blocked off at times during the months-long project.

Pedestrians should watch for blocked off areas and for trucks moving in the area, and avoid construction equipment.

Traffic controls will be in place and detours will be marked, according to Yreka Public Works. Locations on Main Street affected by parking restrictions or other interruptions will be posted 48 hours in advance.

"Project work will continue during the winter as weather permits, and will be ongoing until summer," Municipal Projects Manager Cynthia Lynch said.

A portion of the project's funding came from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service loan.

"This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas," according to the USDA's Rural Development website

For more information on the program, or to find out about loans, go to https://bit.ly/3aRzPq3.

To find out more about the downtown Yreka sewer replacement project call 530-841-2326.

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