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Speeding, inattentive motorists leave their marks
Motorists have been leaving their marks on Woodward Avenue medians. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Bill Ludwig doesn’t like the idea that a median placed in a new location on Woodward Avenue west of Airport Way has cost him part of his fence.

Ludwig was before the Manteca City Council Tuesday expressing concern about the replacement landscape median that’s part of the $9 million Woodward Avenue sewer/storm drain/road improvement project. The original median — placed for a four-lane road — was taken out to put in sewer lines. The replacement median was 12 feet closer to his side of the road since the city had redesigned Woodward as a two-lane road.

Ludwig is all for Woodward being two lanes instead of four. What he isn’t wild about is how people are hitting the median. There are numerous tire marks along the concrete curbing. Then, just about two weeks ago, someone lost control after hitting the median and took out part of his fence and struck a power pole.

Public Works Director Mark Houghton indicated staff will take a look at the median and whether there are changes that might be needed such as signage. Meanwhile, the City Council awarded a $19,915 project to Amerine Systems to complete the irrigation system and landscaping in the median.