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6 lanes possible for future Olive Expressway

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POSTED August 17, 2013 1:50 a.m.

Olive Avenue — a sleepy two-lane country road just west of Ripon — could one day become a six-lane expressway.

The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a plan to allow the developers of the Austin Road Business Park to initially construct Olive Expressway as a partial roadway. They are also asking to do the same with Austin Road and the future Antone Raymus Expressway.

Plans call for the future Olive Expressway to T-intersect with Antone Raymus Expressway that will flow into a future six-lane interchange with Highway 99 at a point between Austin Road and Jack Tone Road. Olive Expressway follows an alignment established in a cooperative effort between the cities of Manteca and Ripon. It may be reduced to four lanes if supported by a traffic study that takes into account not only traffic from the Austin Road Business Park but that of future City of Ripon development.

Olive Expressway would have a landscaped berm on one side and a separated bike trail on the other similar to how Spreckels Avenue in Manteca is configured. The big difference is a landscaped median.

A similar configuration will be used for the Antone Raymus Expressway that ultimately will connect with a southern extension of McKinley Avenue.

Austin Road would also have a landscaped median but instead of a separated bike path will have a 12-foot sidewalk on the industrial park and commercial side and a 5-foot sidewalk on the residential side. In each case, a five-foot plus wide landscape strip will separate the sidewalk from the curb’s edge.

The Austin Road Business Park project located south of Woodward Avenue and west of Highway 99 along the Austin Road corridor has the potential to:

• Generate 10,200 residents or about a seventh of the existing population of Manteca. The project includes 2,358 traditional single family homes and 1,840 multi-family dwelling units such as townhouses, apartments.

• Convert 1,049 acres from farming and rural residential use to urban development.

• Create up to 13,000 jobs - or close to 50 percent of the existing jobs in the city.

• Add 3.5 million square feet of general commercial or about 26 times the square footage of the Manteca Costco store.

 • Generate 8 million square feet of industrial/business park, and office use or space equal to 17 times the coverage area of the Ford Motor Parts distribution center on Spreckels Avenue.

It also includes 84 acres that are zoned for mixed commercial and retail uses. That means it could involve condos above stores or large condo, apartment, or townhouse projects interwoven with commercial uses.

The residential alone represents the potential of creating improvements worth $1.02 billion in today’s dollars.

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