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KINGSBURG – Construction on 21st Avenue, known as Shady Lane as it is lined with mature camphor trees, is underway. Residents can expect the road to be blocked to through traffic this week as crews are scheduled to excavate the street starting June 4.

Crews with MAC General Engineering have already started surveying, marking driveways and doing underground work to prepare for excavation.

The project will cost an estimated $764,000 and is funded by special revenue dollars, including Local Transportation Funds and Measure C monies.

City engineer Dave Peters gave an overview of the project at an April City Council meeting. While the 100-year-old camphor trees on the street provide a bounty of shade, their roots have also pulled up the sidewalks and streets, he said.

In order to save the trees and keep the street pedestrian friendly, the road will be replaced, sidewalks will be raised and new drainage and lights will be installed.

A tentative timeline shows the work is set to be finished by Aug. 17.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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