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Easement will allow first roundabout on Main St. to be built
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The roundabout at Tesoro Drive and Adora Drive in the Tesoro neighborhood in South Manteca. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The first roundabout on Main Street is moving closer to breaking ground.

The Manteca City Council  when they meet tonight at 6 p.m. is expected to accept 4,524 square feet of right-of-way to allow the construction of a four-lane roundabout at South Main Street and Antone Raymus Parkway.

The parkway will connect to Atheron Drive to the east and eventually to Austin Road.

It starts after the new alignment of McKinley Avenue crosses Woodward Avenue and then swings eastward toward Main Street.

It will be the first four lane roundabout in Manteca and the second on a major arterial.

The first arterial roundabout was constructed on Louise Avenue between the Highway 99 overcrossing and Cottage Avenue at the entrance to The Collective community.

A third arterial cul-de-sac is being required as a condition of development on West Yosemite Avenue and Fishback Road.

Roundabouts are viewed by the city as a way of addressing four major traffic concerns including how to:
*improve the safety of pedestrians especially crossing at intersections adjacent to neighborhood parks and schools.
*keep traffic moving and avoid costly traffic signals where collector streets meet and — in some cases — where an arterial and collector street cross.
*reduce traffic speed.
*improve air quality by eliminating stop signs which in turn reduces increased air pollution created by stop and go movements.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com