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Yosemite, Main project includes high profile crosswalks, bike lanes, flashers
Yosemite, Main project
Yosemite Avenue between Lincoln Street and Cottage Avenue will have a continuous left turn lane as well as dedicated bike lanes as part of a $2.8 million project targeted to start in September. - photo by Bulletin fie photos
Manteca will add high visibility crosswalks at nine heavily traveled intersections, overhead flashers at crosswalks near Manteca High and add dedicated bicycle lanes on sections of Yosemite Avenue and Main Street in a bid to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
 The work — planned to get underway in September — is part of an  effort to improve the Main Street corridor between Atherton Drive and Yosemite Avenue as well as Yosemite Avenue between Cottage Avenue and Main Street. The overall work is expected to cost $4.8 million
The overall project is expected to take three months from start to finish.
Details were shared at a community meeting Wednesday that was conducted at the Manteca Senior Center.
Safety highlights, lane configuration changes, and other work include:
 Stripping on westbound Yosemite at Powers Avenue that puts a bicycle lane between the through lane and the lane that turns right. Not only is that considered safer for bicyclists but it should end the illegal practice of motorists using the right turn lane as a through lane to cut in front of traffic.
There are hand activated overhead warning flashers planned at Yosemite Avenue at the intersections of Garfield Avenue and Sherman Avenue in front of Manteca High. The flashers will be powered by solar panels.
A new 12-inch water line will be placed across Yosemite Avenue at Fremont Avenue to avoid coming back in three to five years when water line work along the length of Fremont Avenue is expected to be needed. That avoids tearing up the new pavement.
Various curbs at intersections will be replaced to comply with current American with Disabilities Act standards.
The cross slope of the street where pavement projects over the years has built it up to 4 inches will be reduced down to 2 inches.
Sections of roadway with underlying problems that is causing severe pavement issues such as in front of Wal-Mart on Main Street will be dug up, have a proper base installed to solve the problem from reoccurring, and be repaved.
High profile crosswalks will be put in place along Yosemite Avenue on all four legs of Powers Avenue, across Sheridan Avenue, on the eastern leg of Washington Street, all four legs of Fremont Avenue, three legs of Garfield Avenue and three legs of Sherman Avenue.
High profile crosswalks will be put in place along Main Street on all legs of Moffat Boulevard, all four legs of Wetmore Street, and all four legs of Mission Ridge Drive.
Tied into the project will be high profile crosswalks on all four legs of the Union Road and Wawona Street intersection.

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