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From left are Caltrans’ representative Stacey Barnes, Supervisor Kevin Goss, Lee Ann Schramel and Bob Perreault. All three Plumas County residents were actively involved in some phase of the Greenville Combine project. A representative of Knife River Construction was not present. Photo by Victoria Metcalf

Greenville’s street design wins big honors

Bringing in a fresh look, yet keeping with the historic, Greenville has won the Caltrans 2019 Excellence in Transportation Award. The design beat many larger projects in the state.

Stacey Barnes, project manager in Plumas County for Caltrans District 2, presented large plaques to three people instrumental in the project design of Greenville’s downtown streets. Barnes was before members of the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 19 to announce the honors.

Under the category of Community Enhancement, the Greenville Combine project awards were presented to Lee Ann Schramel of the Streetscape Committee, Plumas County Public Works Director Bob Perreault, and Knife River Construction, the successful bidder on the project.

“The Greenville Combine was the result of many years of community and government planning and partnership,” according to Barnes.

“The finished product provided the small community of Greenville in Plumas County with a desired outcome of visual enhancement, improved drainage facilities, new pavement, modified intersections, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, improved street lighting, and other context sensitive solutions,” Barnes continued. “All while overcoming significant design challenges to bring the town to current highway and ADA … standards.”

Among other priorities, safety issues were addressed along the two-lane main streets. Motorists and pedestrians now have improved visibility with safe crossing opportunities, Barnes pointed out.

“Although the town was transformed, the motif of the historic community was preserved, which is expected to benefit the economic vitality and improve visitor attraction,” she added.

Caltrans 2019 Excellence in Transportation Awards is in its 33rd year. The program honors the best in California’s transportation projects throughout the state.

The awards program is open to Caltrans districts and programs, local and public transportation agencies, and private engineering and consulting firms, Barnes explained.

“Congratulations to those who have worked hard to make these projects a reality and provide positive and measurable improvements in transportation, resulting in a lasting benefit to the state of California,” Barnes said.

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