The Growing Metropolis that is Nipomo

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Construction of Nipomo northbound off-ramp

Susan Gutierrez, Staff Writer

From having a population of 12,626 in the 2000s, now increasing to 17,601 in the year 2019. Nipomo continues to grow and change to this very day. However, what changes could meet our way as the population continues to increase?

Due to population increases, there is construction on traffic improvement in Tefft Street and Highway 101. In an article published by San Luis Obispo Public Works, they sought out to relieve congestion and improve pedestrian access at the intersection; thus, their project seeks to improve the flow of traffic in an intersection that is heavily used throughout days and weekends. According to District 4 Supervisor Lynn Compton, the project will improve Caltrans 101 at Tefft street, this will help cars get on and off easier. San Luis Obispo public works claim the project will widen the northbound and southbound off-ramps, the timing of existing traffic signals, construct ADA ramps at the off-ramp intersection, and make improvements with drainage systems.

During the construction, off the ramp closures will be held between 10 pm and 5 am; however, Willow Road off-ramp to the north and Highway 166 off-ramp to the south can be used as detours during the construction period, which may last through November of this year.

Besides that, there will be a new shopping center coming soon to Nipomo. Compton claims that a Tractor Supply company, Grocery Outlet, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and a Wendy’s are planned to be built in an empty lot at South Frontage Road and Hill Street in Nipomo. “It’ll bring a lot of jobs to south county, they are looking at 65 jobs. The parcel itself is about 5 acres. It’ll be right by 101 and we’ll get some sidewalks in. I think everyone is going to look really forward to it,” she said. The property is the site of the old Nipomo Recreation Center which burned down years ago and has been used as an unofficial skate park.

As Nipomo continues to grow so will be the area to better improve the life of the busy and steady population that goes in and out but also providing opportunities for many in our community.