DANVILLE -- After more than 10 years of waiting for relief from the upswing in traffic noise along Crow Canyon Road -- the result of burgeoning development to the east -- residents of the Crow Canyon Country Club Estates neighborhood are finally getting their wish.
The sound walls are going up. Work began last week on the wall along the north side of Crow Canyon Road between El Capitan Drive and St. George Road, town officials said. The wrought-iron gate that currently surrounds the residential neighborhood will be replaced with a decorative 6- to 8-foot-high sound wall with a masonry stone pattern designed to blend with the existing street. The $775,000 project is expected to be completed by this summer.
Afterward, the town plans to start a landscape restoration project along the project corridor. Traffic along Crow Canyon Road will likely see some minor slowdowns for the next three to four months as the walls are built. One of the westbound lanes of traffic along the road will also be closed while work is performed on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also work within the neighborhood will be performed on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The sidewalk on the north side of that road, between El Capitan Drive and St. George Road. will also be closed, town officials said. The project is taking longer than originally expected, explained Ron Allen, Danville's associate civil engineer. The neighborhood has been around since the 1970s and 1980s, before any residential development to the east in Dougherty Valley.
"It's been in our capital improvement plan for a good 10 years or more," he said. The town has been waiting for enough developers' fees to be collected to fund the project, after a settlement dating back to the 1990s with Dougherty Valley developers, who built homes out east of the neighborhood, came through, he explained. Once collected, the city had the money for the project to start construction.
"Most of the residents immediately next to the road are happy that the project is being built," Allen said. "And we are working hard to ensure that this project getting built."
"We've been waiting for it for a long time -- the people in our community -- and the funding is coming in now, and we're delighted," said Greg Thibodeaux, general manager of the Crow Canyon Country Club Estates. "For at least seven years, we've been waiting for it."
He said that the neighborhood has about 900 homes, and many are affected by the excess traffic noise.
"Now a great number of our homes may be having quieter evenings now -- maybe up to a half," he said.
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