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Lathrop may spend $20,000 to create private driveway
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When the City of Lathrop attempted to acquire all of the property necessary to widen Lathrop Road from two lanes to four back in 2017, they ran into a slight problem – one of the property owners wasn’t willing to part with a portion of their front yard.

So, the city just built around that home – completing the project in the summer of 2018.

And now the Lathrop City Council will decide on whether to go back and spend $20,000 construct a residential driveway to provide access for that homeowner – more than five years after the roadway widening project was completed.

That decision will come during the council’s monthly business meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. inside of the Council Chambers at Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive.

According to the staff report, the scope of work on the Lathrop Road widening project include creating a seamless driveway transition for private homeowners that face Lathrop Road but required the homeowners to sign a “Right to Entry” agreement that allowed the city contractors the right to access the front of the property to complete that work.

That homeowner – who was vocal in her opposition to the widening of Lathrop Road, fearing that it would become a magnet for trucks cutting between I-5 and Highway 99 – refused to sign the agreement on multiple occasions, the staff report said, and therefore the city’s contractor could not legally complete the same work that adjacent properties received.

In order to fund the project, the city is proposing the creation of a Capital Improvement Project and plans on transferring $20,000 from the Street Reserves Fund to cover the cost of construction for the home.

The Lathrop City Council conducts its monthly business meeting on the second Monday of each month at Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive – at 7 p.m. For more information, or to obtain a copy of the agenda for the upcoming meeting, visit the City of Lathrop’s website at

To contact Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.