Fiber Optic Cable Job Causing Delays

Written by Estero Bay News

July 15, 2022

Traffic delays on South Bay Boulevard will continue into the fall, as a telecommunications company lays down new underground fiber optic cables.

The installation by private telecommunications company, Zayo Group of Boulder, Colo., and being installed by Leo Tidwell Excavating Corp., began June 20 in the shoulder of South Bay Boulevard, requiring traffic to be controlled with flagmen, as the roadway is narrowed to one lane of alternating traffic.

The traffic delays, by about 5-10 minutes long, is long enough for a string of 30 or more cars to line up behind the stoppage, but otherwise traffic seems to be flowing smoothly, all things considered.

The quick backup of vehicles is an indicator of how busy the only road between Morro Bay and Los Osos is on an average day.

“If partial closures occur,” reads a notice from the City of Morro Bay, “for the safety of motorists and workers, flaggers will be in place. Electronic message boards will display updated information during the project. Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans in consideration of potential delays.”

The work will move along South Bay as the cable is laid, and was to progress into the Morro Bay City Limits on July 5. The job is slated to be completed Oct. 2, according to the City notice.

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