Napa Street gets a shave

A two-man crew made its way down West Napa Street on Wednesday, shaving the edges off those parts of the sidewalk that had been pushed up by tree roots.

With one wielding a saw cutter and vacuum and the other supervising and measuring, they found spots a pedestrian might trip on and ground them down until the sidewalk was nice and smooth.

“We’re pretty much going to fix any trip hazard that’s a quarter-inch and greater,” said Justin Cadiente, of Precision Concrete, who supervised the operation. They expected to have all of Napa between Highway 12 and Fifth Street West done by Thursday, he added.

Cadiente was also taking notes, recording those places where the sidewalk was so crooked the entire section would have to be replaced.

Besides that stretch, “They’ve already done around the Plaza and a little bit around Broadway,” said City Public Works Director and Engineer Dan Takasugi, who first proposed the project to City Council members last fall.

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