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Crews in the intersection of Battles Road and Shepard Drive install utilities needed for the Enos Ranchos project on Wednesday. The area will be closed and detours will be in place for about four weeks.

Work crews began the next phase of work on the highly anticipated Enos Ranchos development Wednesday at Battles Road and Shepard Drive, at the north edge of the project.

Construction will require a complete closure of the intersection for public safety, a city official said. No vehicles, pedestrians or bicycles will be allowed. The work is expected to take about four weeks to complete.

A detour will be provided on Shepard Drive and Hancock Avenue to maintain traffic flow. Bradley Road and College Drive will remain open, and signs will direct all traffic to access locations.

JW Design and various contractors will be working in the intersection to complete utility connections, connect the new Shepard Drive to the existing intersection and completely reconstruct the Battles Road intersection for the Enos Ranchos project.

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The closure and construction will not impact area businesses, said city spokesman Mark van de Kamp.

Commuters are urged to use alternate routes whenever possible to avoid delays.

Once the work on Battles Road is complete, College Drive between Battles and Betteravia roads will be closed for reconstruction and full widening, including curbs and gutters to line up with Meehan Street, which soon will be built.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works/Engineering Division at 925-0951, ext. 2225.

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Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.