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A bridge to Lathrops future
Twin spans expected to cross SJ River by 2013
The segment of the San Joaquin River where the two spans of River Islands Parkway will cross the water. - photo by HIME ROMERO


• Enhanced eco-systems being created for Riparian rabbit, Swainson’s hawk
• Eight major public river access points with “bays” that will have peninsulas with enhanced natural landscaping
• Flood control improvements for the San Joaquin River

LATHROP – The fourth crossing of the San Joaquin River in the South County could be in place by the end of 2013.

Cambay Group is anticipating moving forward with construction of the double spans that will carry two lanes of traffic each to connect the 11,800-home planned River Islands at Lathrop community south of the river to the Mossdale Landing portion of Lathrop.

Originally, the plan was just to build a single span for now since traffic probably wouldn’t justify the second bridge for at least 10 years after the first home breaks ground. Dropping construction costs and the difficulty of obtaining permit clearance from numerous state agencies is prompting the decision to go forward with both simultaneously.

The construction permits for a bridge are good for four years. They expire Dec. 1, 2013.

Cambray Group has already proceeded with work along the levees on both sides to provide the necessary earth work needed for the bridges.

When all major roads for the 4,800-arce project are completed, you will be able to drive from North Ripon Road east of Manteca traveling east on Louise Avenue which becomes River Islands parkway east of Interstate 5 in Lathrop and travel all the way to Tracy.

River Islands Parkway is being designed as an expressway with minimal cross streets.

The existing crossings are Interstate 5 and Manthey Road – both which transverse the river at Mossdale Crossing – and Airport Way just north of the San Joaquin River’s confluence with the Stanislaus River.

River Islands has started discussions with builders interested in starting homes on part of the 2,500 lots that are ready to move forward. Altogether 4,300 of the overall 11,800 housing units can be built with the 300-foot levee improvements now in place. The balance would require extension of the so-called “super levee” that will have what has been dubbed “million dollar home sites” with a panoramic view of the river and the mountains as well as looking over River Islands itself.

River Islands project manager Susan Dell’Osso said it is possible that the first homes may break ground in early 2012 but it still depends upon the market.

Not only is flood protection rated better than 200 years in place but water has been secured in addition to sewer capacity to service the homes as well as retail, schools, and a planned jobs center.

River Islands also will build the schools for the Banta School District with the cost absorbed by the sale of each buildable lot.

Steps have also been taken to secure low power rates through collaboration with the South San Joaquin Irrigation District assisting the Lathrop Irrigation District.

Regardless of how PG&E’s Proposition 16 measure turns out to force a vote on local agencies carving out areas of PG&E territory to provide low-cost service, River islands will be unaffected. That’s because Cambay Group is the sole property owner currently in River Islands and therefore controls all the votes.