PARADISE, Calif. - Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting stay-at-home orders and non-essential businesses closed, work to rebuild the ridge continues.
Paradise Public Works Director, Marc Mattox, says crews are rebuilding critical infrastructure needed for the people living in Paradise.
Since April 6, 2020, crews have been working to put a traffic signal on the intersection of Black Olive Drive and Skyway.
"We consider it even post-fire, still critical to recovery and the long term infrastructure of the town," Mattox said.
It's an essential job - but the coronavirus has changed how crews work.
"We've got people wearing cloth masks, or labeling shovels or rakes making sure that no one is sharing between employees on the job site," Mattox said.
Since there are fewer cars on the road, it usually bodes well for traffic projects to speed up, but Mattox tells Action News Now it could actually delay the completion of their work.
"Right now, we are scheduled for about two and a half months and it could be three to four months for construction," Mattox said.
Another challenge, Mattox says he has to possibly face is a labor shortage if a worker gets sick.
"We've been working with our contractors. They need to keep us informed if there is any sort of infection that is confirmed with their staff," Mattox said.
Mattox says that the town encourages the contractors they hire to keep at least six feet of space between another worker.
The price of the project is not expected to increase because of the pandemic, considering that the town put a bid on the project back in 2015, Mattox says.
The project is grant-funded and will cost $800,000.