Busy intersection work gets 'go ahead'
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Jan 16, 2014 | 1537 views | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Traffic Jam: The intersection of M Street and Ward Avenue in the afternoon as traffic begins to stack up due to several schools in the area.--- Photo by Nick Rappley
Traffic Jam: The intersection of M Street and Ward Avenue in the afternoon as traffic begins to stack up due to several schools in the area.--- Photo by Nick Rappley
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A retooling and placing of a traffic signal for two congested intersections in Patterson are set to begin construction in the next two weeks.

Pre-construction meetings were scheduled with the city’s contractor, Pacific Excavation Tuesday, Jan. 13, which includes constructing signals at M Street and Ward Avenue and Hartley Street at Walnut Avenue.

The California Department of Transportation finally gave the go-ahead to the long awaited projects in October of 2013.

The Hartley Street and Walnut Avenue intersection signal became necessary because of the construction of Walnut Grove Elementary and the eventual completion of a Stanislaus County Office of Education technical school.

The purpose of the signal project will ease traffic backups during drop off and pick up times for school, as well as create a safer corner for children to cross the street when they are walking home.

The corner of M Street and Ward Avenue is one of the busiest intersections in Patterson and is about to receive a facelift to ease the flow of traffic.

The corner’s current signal will be reprogrammed and will recieve a fresh re-striping that will add turn lanes in every direction.

The intersection of M Street and Ward Avenue, with American Eagle Parkway to the west is an epicenter of activity as students arrive at school in the morning and leave in the afternoon.

Several schools are near the intersection, including Del Puerto High School, Sacred Heart Catholic School and Northmead Elementary School are closest to the intersection, while cars heading toward Creekside Middle School and Patterson High School contribute to traffic backups.

Under the plans, space now used for curbside parking would become right-turn and straight lanes, while the present traffic lanes would become dedicated left-turn lanes.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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pebblesc1
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January 16, 2014
When are they going to "get busy" on the intersection at hwy 33 and sperry the city should be putting a light up there someone is going to get killed there eventually!
navpat1
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January 16, 2014
pebblesc1, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The problem with any intersection along State Route 33 is in the name: "State Route 33". The City has to work with Caltrans for any changes to those intersections and you may recall how long it took to effect a change at 33 & M. Again though, you're right. You might want to attend a City Council meeting and bring it up during the "public comment" time at the beginning of the meeting, and the more people who mention it the better.


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