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Construction-related traffic impacts

Downtown motorists should prepare to experience traffic impacts related to ongoing downtown construction, according to city officials.

The city will close one lane on First Street between West Edith Avenue and Parking Plaza North through Friday to accommodate gas, water and electrical undergrounding for the Safeway and 100 First St. condominium projects. Traffic controls, including detour signage, will be in place during hours of operation.

In addition, the city will close Plaza Central, located between First and Second streets, and portions of Plaza North, between First and Second streets, to vehicles from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for PG&E electrical routing work. The work includes a planned electrical outage on First from West Edith Avenue to Main Street. Properties impacted will receive advance notification of the outage from PG&E.

Permitted construction hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call Public Information Coordinator Erica Ray at 947-2611.

Environmental agency offers exchange programs

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Strategic Incentives Division offers local residents and businesses the following incentive programs to support air quality, reduce air-quality health impacts and protect the global climate.

• Lawn Mower Exchange Program: Offers residents funding toward the purchase of new, cordless, zero-emission electric lawn mowers by turning in an operable gasoline lawn mower for scrap.

• Vehicle Buyback Program: Removes older, high-emission vehicles by offering up to $1,000 for a registered and operating vehicle with a model year of 1994 or older.

• Bicycle Rack Voucher Project: Aims to encourage more bicycles as a means of transportation and provides local public agencies access to discounted or no-cost bicycle rack equipment.

• Electronic Bicycle Lockers: Promotes bicycling as a means of transportation. The program allows local public agencies to apply for reimbursement for installing electronic bike lockers.

• DC Quick Charger Program: Encourages adoption of plug-in electric vehicles by offering an incentive of up to $20,000 for each DC Quick Charger installed.

• Carl Moyer Program: Offers funding to replace off-road equipment with low-emissions alternatives.

• Voucher Incentive Program: Aims to reduce air pollution emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines by funding the purchase of new or used low-emissions diesel vehicles or by retrofitting high-emissions diesel vehicles.

For more information, visit baaqmd.gov.

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