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Proposed McKinley extension back before commission
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• WHAT: Possible adoption of a recommended preferred alignment for McKinley Avenue extension in south Manteca
• WHERE: Manteca Planning Commission meeting at Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.
• WHEN: Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Rural residents don’t want to see it but municipal planners contend not to extending McKinley Avenue to create a major east-west road in what will be the future southern extremity of urban Manteca would be “irresponsible planning.”

The alignment of the proposed McKinley Avenue Expressway is back before the Manteca Planning Commission Tuesday at 7 p.m. during their meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St. At that time the commission will decide whether to recommend an alignment to the City Council for eventual adoption. The route - once adopted - would then be used to dictate future street and growth patterns.

The extension - which will be built in segments as the area is developed - in all likelihood, would not get underway for at least 30 to 40 years according to city planners. It also could not be built along the proposed alignment unless the city working with Reclamation District 17 is able to secure additional flood protection further south with a dry levee that would pass through rural property just as the proposed expressway would.

Staff - based on input from the community - is recommending that the expressway not be a designated truck route between Woodward Avenue on the west and Austin Road on the east.

In information sent to impacted property owners, planning staff notes that “though this street Is not expected to be built for many years into the future, its alignment is a necessary component of good planning such that all affected parties, be they current or future landowners, developers, and the city know the street’s location and can plan accordingly.”

Today McKinley has no freeway interchanges, passes through no development of consequence, and dead ends on the south at Woodward Avenue.

At some point in the future it could have two interchanges - one on the Highway 120 Bypass and the other that promises to be among the busiest on the Highway 99 corridor in San Joaquin County - pass through the 1,037-acre Austin Road Business Park plus Tara Business Park, and could reach Jack Tone Road and beyond.

It will be designed as the city’s first expressway. That means few intersections, no driveways, no gas stations, and no commercial whatsoever.