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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Business Spotlight

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The City of Watsonville features local businesses in a bimonthly Business Spotlight on the City website. Are you interested in having your business featured?


The City of Watsonville features local businesses in a bimonthly Business Spotlight on the City website. Featured businesses are those that have chosen Watsonville as their home and whose story highlights the benefits of locating in Watsonville. ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Search for Properties

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If you're looking for a home for your next start-up business or relocating, Watsonville has the real estate you need. Discover Watsonville, you'll be glad you did!


Watsonville has Opportunities for your business

Watsonville has the space you need for your business.  From Downtown Retail to large industrial sites, we have you covered.  Watsonville also offers fast permitting and a one-stop shop for a...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America

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Santa Cruz-Watsonville was selected as the 3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America! According to the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016.


We're excited to share that Santa Cruz-Watsonville was voted the 3rd Healthiest, Happiest City in America by the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings. The report measures how residents of 189 United States cities...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

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Have you ever wondered how prepared are you for a natural disaster?

The City of Watsonville has recently embarked on developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify potential natural disasters in our community.    

Remember to attend one of our upcoming community planning meetings.

Your input is impo...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Vision Zero Action Plan 2019

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Review the most updated Vision Zero Action Plan and give us your feedback. Feedback/comments will be accepted until December 20, 2019.

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all. City Council approved the implementation of Vision Zero in the City of Watsonville at its January 16, 2018 me...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Officers visit fields to provide farmworkers information and guidance

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It's part of “Agua con la Chota” or “Water with a Cop” program

Watsonville Police Officers are meeting face-to-face with some of the hardest working people in the community as part of an outreach program aimed at helping farmworkers.

The department’s “Agua con la Chota” or “Water with a Cop” program provides Ag worker...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Update - 10/28/19 - FULL ROAD CLOSURE

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Full road closure on Green Valley Road between Struve Slough & Carey Ave. 10/26/19 to 10/31/19

10/28/19 UPDATE

Green Valley Rd was closed to all traffic on Saturday. Crews worked through the night on Sunday to grind out the old pavement. They will be grading the roadbed on Monday and Tuesday, 10/28 & 10/29. The paving crew will be in on Wednesda...
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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Ask the Wizard

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Not sure how to properly dispose of something? Visit and use our new web application to find out if a material can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed.

The City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Department is proud to announce the release of their new recycling web-application, the Watsonville Waste Wizard.  This new digital tool will assist residents who currently receive garbage collec...

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Posted on: September 30, 2019

Watsonville PD Officers raise $3,500 for local kids with cancer

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They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer.

Wow, our officers truly amaze us every day! 

They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer. The Watsonville Police Officers’ Association presented a check to Jacob’s Heart during their annual Kidrageous Carnival at the city plaza this past weekend...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Watsonville Police Officers grow beards to help children with cancer

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The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser

For the fourth year in a row, dozens of Watsonville Police Officers are growing out their beards to support local children with cancer.

 

The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser to raise awareness about pediatric...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Familia de la Costa Central cae víctima de secuestradores virtuales

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Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México

Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México y ahora esa familia está compartiendo su historia para evitar que otros caigan víctimas de una extorción que va en aumento.

Se trata de un secuestro virtual y el FBI conti...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Central Coast family falls victim to virtual kidnappers

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A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family

A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family and now that family is sharing their story to keep others from becoming victims of an extortion that’s on the rise.

It’s called a virtual kidnapping and the FBI continues to war...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

WPD Officers now equipped with body-worn cameras

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This is a project that has been in the works for about two years

The Watsonville Police Department has officially rolled out its body-worn camera program with about 95% of uniformed personnel trained.

All officers on patrol are equipped with Axon body-worn cameras.

“If an officer comes to see you for a call for service o...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

City of Watsonville Roll Out Safety Campain

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The City of Watsonville and the Watsonville Police Department have joined forces to launch a campaign designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in certain areas of the city.

The first focus area is the Main St. corridor, which is one of the busiest roadways in Watsonville. Crews have lined the street with banners that provide roadway safety tips and reminders for community members. The area has officially been designated a sa...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Music in the Plaza

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June 20 - Sept. 19
Thursdays 6-8pm

Jun 20- Banda Zirys & Fiera Nortena

Jul 11- Tribute to Selena w/ Impacto 5

Jul 25- Beat Street Band

Aug 8- Motown, R&B, Oldies 70's

Aug 22- Zebop! Tribute to Santana

Sept 5- Latin Tropical & Salsa

Sept 19 - Santa Cruz Symphony

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Posted on: November 10, 2019

Library Closed
for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Watsonville Public Library and the Freedom Branch Library will be closed Thursday, November 28th - Saturday, November 30th in observance of Thanksgiving. All library materials can be returned in the book drops during the closure.

The Watsonville Public Library and the Freedom Branch Library will be closed Thursday, November 28th - Saturday, November 30th in observance of Thanksgiving. All library materials can be returned in the book drops during the closure.

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

The Great Courses are now available through the Library.

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Ever wished you could take a class from a well known professor? Now you can with the Great Courses collection available through the library for Free.

The Great Courses collection offers unlimited access to the world's most engaging professors enabling you to delve into an immersive learning experience and covering a wide variety of subjects.

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Stream Concert Films & Music Documentaries for Free

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Watsonville residents can now access Stingray Qello, a streaming service with access to concert films and music documentaries for Free.

Stingray Qello offers the world’s largest collection of full-length concert films and music documentaries streamed on-demand with unlimited access to just about any digital device.

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Stream Free Movies with IndieFlix

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Watsonville residents can now access IndieFlix for Free with their library card.

IndieFlix offers pop culture film favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, original content, documentaries, and film shorts.  

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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Stream Telenovelas for Free with Pongalo

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Watsonville Library patrons can now access Pongalo, a streaming service with access to telenovela shows through RB Digital.

Watsonville Library patrons can now access Pongalo, a streaming service with access to telenovela shows through RB Digital.

Pongalo offers unlimited access to the largest collection of Spanish-Language telenovelas and TV series, as well as major U...

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Posted on: October 10, 2019

Stream British TV Show for Free

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Are you a fan of British television? You can now access the ACORN streaming service for free with your library card through RB Digital.

Are you a fan of British television? You can now access the ACORN streaming service for free with your library card through RB Digital. 

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Deanne Pernell Reading Buddies Program

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Do you have a student in 1st - 5th grade that needs help and support with their reading skills? The Deanne Pernell Reading Buddies Program will begin it's next session on October 18th.

We are excited to announce the Deanne Pernell Reading Program will begin its next session this Fall. 

This program is for students in 1st - 5th grade who need help or support with their reading and literacy skills. 

The reading buddies mee...

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Posted on: September 7, 2019

Chilton Database for Auto Repairs is Now Available

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The library now subscribes to the Chilton Automotive Database. Access FREE and reliable automotive help online 24/7 through Chilton Library, now available through Watsonville Library - whether inside the library or remotely from outside of the library.

Studies show consumers are keeping their cars longer. With more older cars on the road, repairs are on the rise. People in Watsonville interested in taking wrench into their own hands to save money, now have a resource to help. 

Chilton Library pr...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

Census 2020

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We need your help to count everyone in Watsonville for the United States 2020 Census.

We need your help to count everyone in Watsonville for the 2020 census - the census determines how much funding the city will get (based on the number of citizens). This funding impacts public education, housing programs, other public resources, research,...

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

Library Closed
for Veterans Day

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The Watsonville Public Library and the Freedom Branch Library will be closed on Monday, November 11th, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day. All library materials can be returned in the book drops during the closure.

The Watsonville Public Library and the Freedom Branch Library will be closed on Monday, November 11th, 2019  in observance of Veterans Day. All library materials can be returned in the book drops during the closure.

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

The Main Library is a Cooling Center

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The Main Library is a cooling center. We are located at 275 Main Street in Watsonville.

Come by and keep cool when we are open:
Monday - Thursday: 10-8pm
Friday: 10-6pm
Saturday: 12-4pm
Sunday: Closed

The Main Library is a cooling center. We are located at 275 Main Street in Watsonville.

Come by and keep cool when we are open:Monday - Thursday: 10-8pmFriday: 10-6pmSaturday: 12-4pmSunday: Closed

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

2019 Holiday in the Plaza

Holiday in the Plaza Approved Final Flyer

Jingle Bell Rock!

Ring in the holidays in style! Snow is coming to Watsonville! Join for the Annual Holiday in the Plaza event on Sunday, November 24 from 1pm to 5pm. The event will feature food, live performances, a snow area, a holiday train and Santa Claus!

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Muzzio Park Playground Rebuild

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Join us on November 20 from 6-7p at Muzzio Park Community Center and provide your input on the design of our new playground at Muzzio Park! All ages welcome. 

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Youth Action Council

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Looking for a way to get involved in the community?

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future" -Franklin D. Roosevelt

The G.H.W.R. Youth Center is seeking motivated young people who are interested in making a positive impact in our community. Being...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

FLYERS Afterschool Program

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Registration is now open for the new school year!

The F.L.Y.E.R.S. (Fun Loving Youth En Route to Success) Afterschool Program creates a safe and fun environment where students are encouraged to succeed in school and build assets that will help them thrive. The program also supports working parents who ar...

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Summer/Fall Fun Guide Edition is NOW AVAILABLE!

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Check your mailbox!

Join us this summer for swim lessons, sports camps, special events, and much more!

Our Summer/Fall Fun Guide is now available!  See what exciting programs and activities you and your family can participate this upcoming season.  

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Officers visit fields to provide farmworkers information and guidance

Agua 2019

Watsonville Police Officers are meeting face-to-face with some of the hardest working people in the community as part of an outreach program aimed at helping farmworkers.

The department’s “Agua con la Chota” or “Wate...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 30, 2019

Watsonville PD Officers raise $3,500 for local kids with cancer

Jacobs heart CANVA

Wow, our officers truly amaze us every day! 

They raised $3,500 for local kids with cancer. The Watsonville Police Officers’ Association presented a check to Jacob’s Heart during their annual Kidrageous Carnival at the city pla...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Watsonville Police Officers grow beards to help children with cancer

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For the fourth year in a row, dozens of Watsonville Police Officers are growing out their beards to support local children with cancer.

 

The department suspended its “facial hair” policy for its annual fundraiser to raise aware...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: August 26, 2019

Familia de la Costa Central cae víctima de secuestradores virtuales

SPN VK CASE

Una familia de la Costa Central vivió una verdadera pesadilla vacacionando en México y ahora esa familia está compartiendo su historia para evitar que otros caigan víctimas de una extorción que va en aumento.

Se trata de un secuestro virtual y el FBI conti...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: August 26, 2019

Central Coast family falls victim to virtual kidnappers

ENG VK CASE

A vacation in Mexico turned into a living nightmare for a Central Coast family and now that family is sharing their story to keep others from becoming victims of an extortion that’s on the rise.

It’s called a virtual kidnapping and the FBI continues to war...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: July 19, 2019

WPD Officers now equipped with body-worn cameras

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The Watsonville Police Department has officially rolled out its body-worn camera program with about 95% of uniformed personnel trained.

All officers on patrol are equipped with Axon body-worn cameras.

“If an officer comes to see you for a call for...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: July 15, 2019

WPD receives additional state funding to tackle underage drinking

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The Watsonville Police Department is receiving additional state funding to help keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

This is the second consecutive year the WPD receives a state grant from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

The ABC awar...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Oficiales aumentan esfuerzos educativos y de divulgación para vendedores ambulantes

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El propósito de esta nota es informar/educar a todo tipo de vendedor ambulante sobre los diferentes permisos que están requeridos tener. De ninguna forma estamos tratando de perjudicar/acosar a estos comerciantes. Más bien...

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Police
Posted on: June 4, 2019

WPD increasing educational & outreach efforts for street vendors

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Many Watsonville residents are expressing their growing concerns over street vendors operating illegally within the city.

While receiving numerous complaints, we realized that many of these merchants (door-to-door sales representatives, food truck vendors,...

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Police
Posted on: May 3, 2019

City of Watsonville & Watsonville Police rollout safety campaign

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The City of Watsonville and the Watsonville Police Department have joined forces to launch a campaign designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists across the city.

The first focus area is the Main Street corridor, which is one of the bu...

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Police
Posted on: October 24, 2018

WPD launches online tools aimed to help residents & improve safety

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The Watsonville Police Department has launched two online tools that provide residents with the latest information of what’s happening in the city and direct access to a crime reporting system.

WPD is the only agency in Santa Cruz County and one of the ver...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

Red Curb Parking Enforcement

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Red curb painting has been installed adjacent to fire hydrants, curb ramps, and crosswalks in congested areas throughout the City to improve public safety. Please be advised that curbs painted in red indicate no stopping, standing or parking under any cir...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Message from Watsonville Police Chief

Chief Honda

Dear Community of Watsonville,

Several weeks ago I attended the Community Immigration Forum held at the Watsonville High School to help address concerns and calm fears surrounding the recent presidential elections. With the upcoming Presidential Inaugurati...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

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Have you ever wondered how prepared are you for a natural disaster?

The City of Watsonville has recently embarked on developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify potential natural disasters in our community.    

Remember to attend one of our upcoming community planning meetings.

Your input is impo...

Read on...

Public Works
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Vision Zero Action Plan 2019

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Review the most updated Vision Zero Action Plan and give us your feedback. Feedback/comments will be accepted until December 20, 2019.

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all. City Council approved the implementation of Vision Zero in the City of Watsonville at its January 16, 2018 me...

Read on...

Public Works
Posted on: October 18, 2019

Ask the Wizard

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Not sure how to properly dispose of something? Visit and use our new web application to find out if a material can be reused, recycled, composted or disposed.

The City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Department is proud to announce the release of their new recycling web-application, the Watsonville Waste Wizard.  This new digital tool will assist residents who currently receive garbage collec...

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Ditch the Bottle & Refill with Watsonville Tap Water

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Why spend your hard earned money on single use plastic water bottles?

Why spend your hard earned money on single use plastic water bottles, when you can safely drink Watsonville's tap water for just pennies per gallon?

Every day the City of Watsonville pumps, treats, tests, and delivers nearly 7 million gallons of clean drin...

Check out our Water Quality Report...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Update - 10/28/19 - FULL ROAD CLOSURE

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10/28/19 UPDATE

Green Valley Rd was closed to all traffic on Saturday. Crews worked through the night on Sunday to grind out the old pavement. They will be grading the roadbed on Monday and Tuesday, 10/28 & 10/29. The paving crew will be in on Wednesda...
Read on...

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