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Pismo Preserve Roadway Improvements Underway

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has broken ground on required roadway improvements at the entrance to the 900-acre Pismo Preserve off Mattie Road. The Land Conservancy is working with R. Burke Corporation and Precision Building Group to complete the project, which will also eventually include a parking lot and other visitor serving amenities.
Last August, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) approved $400,000 toward roadway and pedestrian access improvements to the Pismo Preserve. These improvements are required by the City of Pismo Beach and other agencies to ensure safe access into the Preserve once open to the public. Thanks to the funding from SLOCOG, and a pledge from the City of Pismo Beach to be funded by the future proceeds of the recent Lodging and Business Improvement District assessment increase, construction on this portion of the project can begin while The Land Conservancy works to fund the remainder of the construction. The organization is in need of $3 million to complete the $4.2 million project.
“Currently, we have enough funding to complete the Mattie Road improvements up to the entrance of the Pismo Preserve,” said Land Conservancy Executive Director Kaila Dettman in a news release. “Once that phase is complete, construction may halt temporarily if we haven’t secured the remaining $3 million to finish the project.” Construction on the south end of Mattie Road (near freeway exit 191 B) is expected to last 3-4 months and will include intermittent lane closures. Once completed, a new sidewalk would extend from the northbound freeway exit to the entrance of the Preserve, a retaining wall would be erected near the Preserve entrance, utilities would be installed, and the driveway would be widened to improve the line of sight at the entrance.
The timeline for completion of the parking lot and remaining amenities is dependent on funding the remaining $3 million of $17 million total (includes the prior purchase of the land) needed to complete the project and open the Pismo Preserve to the public. The Land Conservancy expects to receive some additional help from state and local agencies but is relying heavily on gifts from local businesses and individuals. People who are interested in helping bring this project to fruition can contact The Land Conservancy office directly.
Access to the Preserve has been limited since July due to construction preparation in the parking area. Once completed, walkers, hikers, bikers, and equestrians will be able to enjoy the Pismo Preserve from sunrise until an hour after sunset, seven days a week.
To make a tax deductible charitable donation to support the Pismo Preserve, individuals and businesses can make an online donation on The Conservancy’s website at www.LCSLO.org or call Kaila Dettman, Executive Director, at 805-544-9096.

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