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Manteca undertaking interchange work, street extensions, safety upgrades & more
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A three-way stop sign with overhead red flashing beacon will be doing in at Pillsbury Road and Woodward Avenue in the coming months.

Many of Manteca’s key streets will be smoother, safer, and have better traffic movements within the next 18 months.

It is all part of $101.7 million worth of projects moving forward at the same time after many overcame delays caused by manpower shortage in the public works department’s engineering division to manufacturer shutdowns that delayed the securing of essential components such as steel poles for overhead crosswalk flashing lights.

The project list includes:

Main Street pavement rehabilitation from Center Street to Woodward Avenue.

The $2.9 million project will replace crumbling sections of pavement, resurface the street, place bike lanes in both directions and make needed improvements to curbs, gutters and sidewalks to make them American with Disabilities Act compliant. The contract has been awarded and work is expected to start next month and be completed in the fall.

Yosemite Avenue pavement rehabilitation from Main Street to Cottage Avenue.

The contract calls for work to start in April and be finished in the fall. Besides new pavement surfacing bike lanes will added in both directions. Pedestrian activated signals will be placed on Main Street at Sherman and Garfield avenues in front of Manteca High to enhance pedestrian safety. Sidewalks will also be made ADA complaint. The project will cost $2.9 million.

Woodward Avenue safety improvements.

This $1 million endeavor is targeted to start by late May. It involves a crossing flasher at Wellington Avenue on Woodward similar to the one at Buena Vista Drive. Upgraded crosswalks will also go in place on Pagola Avenue. A three-way stop at Woodward Avenue and Pillsbury Road will include an overhead red flashing beacon.

Union Road /120 Bypass diverging diamond interchange.

Work starts later this month on the $26 million project that also includes the city’s first separate pedestrian/bicycle bridge crossing of a freeway.

Daniels Street extension to McKinley Avenue.

Work will start this spring on the road and associated infrastructure that will serve the Great Wolf Lodge and the envisioned city family entertainment zone. The project is costing $9.4 million.

Atherton Drive gap between Union Road and Airport Way.

The $4.4 million project will be completed in the next 30 or so days. It will take pressure off of Woodward Avenue and open more area to commercial development.

Springtime Estate streets improvement.

Main neighborhood streets and those around the park in the neighborhood north of Louise Avenue and west of Highway 99 will be the first streets to have concrete pavers installed while the other neighborhood streets will be resurfaced. The $2.1 million project starts this summer.

McKinley Avenue and 120 Bypass interchange

Ground is expected to break in the fall of 2020 on the $45 million McKinley Avenue and 120 Bypass project that will give Manteca four interchanges within three miles along the Bypass.

Citywide traffic signal improvement

A year-long $3.2 million effort that will upgrade traffic signal controllers throughout the city to allow for coordination of signals for optimum traffic flow will start this fall.

Citywide traffic sign improvement.

Traffic signs throughout Manteca will be replaced with signs that are significantly more visible at night due to increased reflecting of vehicle lights. The $2.7 million project will start in the fall and take about nine months to complete.

Airport Way widening from Daniels Street to Yosemite Avenue.

Some $2.5 million of work will take place but you won’t see it. That’s because it will be the necessary design work and environmental impact report that is a precursor to right of way acquisition and construction.

Rehabilitating the Mayors Park neighborhood bounded by Louise Avenue, Union Road, and the railroad tracks with pavers has been delayed until funding is secured.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email