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 firstname.lastname@example.org.