Repairs begin



DELAYSFeb082018_AHEAD?—Acorn 4Colx13Caltrans2/6/18began11:32 AMworkPagethis1 week on a project to repair the damaged sidewalks on Westlake Boulevard. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

DELAYSFeb082018_AHEAD?—Acorn 4Colx13Caltrans2/6/18began11:32 AMworkPagethis1 week on a project to repair the damaged sidewalks on Westlake Boulevard. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

Starting this week, Westlake Boulevard drivers may experience lane closures as the first of three sidewalk improvement phases begins.

Working in conjunction with the City of Thousand Oaks, Caltrans began repairing sidewalks along the boulevard Feb. 5. The work is taking place intermittently between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Damaged sidewalks— cracked and lifted due to tree roots—will be replaced with concrete and pour-in-rubber surfacing on the west side of the boulevard between Hampshire Road and Bridgegate Street, and on the east side between both Townsgate and Agoura roads and Triunfo Canyon Road and Bridgegate.

The project is expected to cost $197,000.

“We’ve been working with Caltrans staff and we did expect this project, though we expected it to begin last year,” said Mike Tohidian, senior engineer for the city. “They’ll be out of there, hopefully, by the end of March and then we can start.”

The city’s work will consist of adding new meandering sidewalks plus improvements like adding plants and a viewing area in front of the lake that will include benches and trash cans and a decomposed granite path adjacent to much of the sidewalk.

The project has recently gone out to bid. Work should begin in May and end in the fall, Tohidian said.

When the city’s portion is complete, Caltrans will return to mill and overlay the road itself from the freeway south to the city’s limit, and stripe bike lanes. Work is expected to take place toward the end of the year.