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Concerned about number of Bypass accidents

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POSTED August 14, 2013 12:53 a.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

The Highway 120 Bypass seems to have an inordinate number of accidents compared to other highways, considering its overall length.

The fact that it seems to be turning into a ‘blood alley’ is exacerbated by the heavy afternoon commute traffic headed to Modesto, and especially by those drivers who try to get as far as they can down the left lane before cutting in suddenly to the right hand connector lane to Highway 99 south. That coupled with the goofy overpass design and the on and off ramps to Highway 99 where a motorcyclist was killed last week make me wonder if anyone within city government has approached Sacramento or Caltrans about appraising this section of roadway for modernization to meet current needs and conditions.

Caltrans is working on the Lathrop Road interchange, and apparently there are plans to modernize the Austin Road connections to Highway 99, but I haven’t heard of any agency focusing its attention on the 120/99 interchange to make it safer, or to alleviate the daily commute congestion on the south bound side of the 120 bypass.

Are you aware of any authority examining the problems with this interchange? Which would be the appropriate politicians and agencies for concerned citizens to contact regarding this issue? If so, I hope that the Bulletin will publish that information, and continue to give this problem the coverage that it so desperately deserves.

Steve Breacain
Aug. 12, 2013

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