Intersections to get long-awaited upgrades
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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Construction on the retooling of the Ward Avenue and M Street/American Eagle Parkway intersection, and construction of a traffic signal at the intersection of Hartley Street and Walnut Avenue, are now scheduled to begin work before the end of the year after a construction firm for the projects were selected by the City Council Nov. 19.

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. The retooling of the intersection received a low bid for work of more than $288,000 from Pacific Excavation of Elk Grove.

As a result, 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.

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

The plan entails retooling the intersection without reconstructing that corner, using only existing street space. New traffic signals will go up, and the roadway will be restriped to create left-turn lanes in every direction. The council agreed to move forward with the proposal after consulting with local residents on Dec. 6, 2011.

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

The Hartley Street and Walnut Avenue Intersection signal became a necessity due to local schools sanctioned within the area, including the construction of Walnut Grove Elementary and the eventual completion of a Stanislaus County Office of Education technical school at the corner. It received a low bid from Pacific Excavation as well for more than $319,000.

The 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 as they leave school grounds.

The projects were expected to begin construction a year ago, but delays in the state government approval process pushed back the work dates.

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

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