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River Islands seeks to repave bike path
bike path
River islands at Lathrop is devising a plan to repave the bike path beneath Interstate 5 in hopes Caltrans will allow them to do the work.

River Islands at Lathrop is hoping to convince Caltrans to allow it to clean-up and repave a bicycle path running beneath Interstate 5 and along the westbound lanes of the 120 Bypass.

River Islands resident and Bulletin reader Mark Wetzell penned a letter to the editor regarding the deplorable condition of the bike path after reading a story in the paper that talked about how the bike path made it fairly easy for residents of the planned community of 11,000 homes to bicycle to and from the Altamont Corridor Express station.

There are currently 1,600 plus households living on what is known as Stewart Tract.

Wetzell referenced weeds growing out of the asphalt “that practically block your travel.” He also noted “there are ruts and rodent holes that can cause a bone-jarring experience even on a bike with a suspension.”

River Islands Project Manager Susan Dell’s after reading Wetzell’s letter in the Bulletin sent a foreman to check out the condition of the bike path.

“It isn’t in good shape,” Dell’Osso said.

River Islands plans to ask Caltrans permission to allow the development firm to repave the path.

The bike path was created when the current Interstate 5 and 120 Bypass interchange was built in the early 1980s. It is one of two bike paths put in place by Caltrans at the time that makes it possible to bicycle between Manteca and Tracy.

Before that the closest route was Louise Avenue down Manthey. Depending upon where you started in Manteca it added between a mile and three miles to the bicycle trip one way.

The other bike path starts at the turnaround at the southern end of Manthey Road and runs along the westbound lanes of Interstate 205 where it connects with Toleri Road. A left turn at the T-intersection with Canal Boulevard takes you under the freeway followed by a right run onto Berry Avenue to reach Grant Line Road that takes you into the City of Tracy.

Grant  Line Road accesses the growing business park employment centers on Tracy’s east side that includes Amazon, Restoration Hardware, Home Depot, Kelloggs, Smart & Final, and US Foods to name a few.

Given the fact a large number of Manteca residents work at distribution centers on the east side of Tracy you would think the six-figure mobility study the City of Manteca is in the process of wrapping up would include some effort to hook into the regional bike path as an alternative way to reach workplaces,

That at some point in a future would require a bike lane down Yosemite Avenue  west of Airport Way to the train tracks and working with Lathrop to continue it to the  dead-end  road taking you to the bike path that’s a right turn past Manteca Auto Dismantlers.


Is it tough being an

incumbent Democrat

in deep blue California?

More than a few people have noticed that Congressman Josh Harder shied away from listing his occupation in his candidate statement that accompanies the sample ballot for the Nov. 3 election.

Harder lists no occupation.  His opponent Ted Howze lists his occupation as veterinarian/father.

Even more interesting is on the actual ballot Harder does not say he is the incumbent or congressman but rather “Agriculture Committee Member.” Howze repeats his “Veterinarian/Father” moniker.


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