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Lathrop Road work nears halfway point

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POSTED October 26, 2017 1:43 a.m.

It’s nearing the halfway mark of the road closure of one of Lathrop’s busiest streets for a widening project that will help Lathrop Road accommodate future traffic.
So what has been done so far, and what is left for crews that will have until the end of the year to transform Lathrop’s main thoroughfare into the road it was always planned to become?
According to the City of Lathrop, the contractor – Teichert Construction – has completed most of the demolition activities and the installation of underground improvements including storm drain lines, water service laterals and electrical conduit for traffic signals and street lighting.
The concrete curb and gutter on both sides of Lathrop Road has also been installed, as has the concrete median curbing and a significant portion of the concrete sidewalks that will make the area safe for pedestrians (only a small section of the affected roadway previously had a sidewalk).
The contractor still has to install the asphalt roadway, landscaping, traffic signal poles, street lights, signage and striping, and the project is currently on schedule to be completed by the end of December.
Initially the construction plan called for Lathrop Road to remain open throughout the process – using lane closures during the day to allow motorists to still access I-5 and residents east of the construction area to get to businesses on the opposite side of the improvement area. Because of the scope of the work being done – every inch of roadway between the closure at Harlan Road and the closure at 5th Street had to be torn out – and the size of the equipment necessary to complete such a project, the decision was made to close the segment for up to three months for the safety of motorists and the general public as well as work crews who would have had a confined space to operate within.
Short of some minor issues – twice digging into a PG&E gas line and severing communications lines that affected some homeowners – there have been no construction holdups, and concerns about asbestos in some of the old asphalt that was ground up on site proved to be unnecessary after lab testing proved that no asbestos was present in the materials that were in question.
Because of restrictions on trucks along 5th Street, tractor trailers are being advised to use a detour when heading west on Lathrop Road before crossing the easterly grade separation and Lathrop Police Services has been enforcing the restrictions in the area.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.

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