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Louise Avevue closed for 5 days
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LATHROP – The section of Louise Avenue between Fifth Street and McKinley Avenue will be closed for five days in September.

Motorists who use the Louise Avenue corridor to get to either Interstate 5 or Highway 99 will have a number of alternate routes designated by the city to get to either direction. The detours include D’Arcy Parkway in the Crossroads Commerce Center and Yosemite Avenue via Harlan Road, Howland Road by J.R. Simplot, and McKinley Avenue.

The temporary road closure from Sept. 13 to 17 is to allow Union Pacific Railroad to replace the crossing signal on Louise Avenue, and to allow Knife River Construction to complete the widening of the pavement on Louise just east of Fifth Street.

A number of businesses are located within the area to be closed temporarily. These will be granted local access while work is ongoing.

Notices will be posted two weeks prior to the start of the road closure. City services will be notified two weeks in advance of the closure as well.

When the $2.8 million road improvement project is completed, Louise Avenue will become a four-lane traffic corridor from I-5 to the west to the city’s eastern limits at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks just west of the Manteca Unified School District offices. Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road are two major traffic arteries linking the region’s two main highways – Interstate 5 and Highway 99 – although Lathrop Road is the only one that directly hooks up with 99.

But before that happens, the project still has a number of phases to complete. The two houses on the northeast quadrant of Louise and McKinley avenues need to be torn down. The city already has completed right-of-way negotiations with owners Mel and Joan Kauffman of Manteca months ago. However, before that part of the work can be done, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. must remove the old power poles so that new ones can be installed in conjunction with the widened road.

Only one family was displaced by this road widening project. They were a couple of renters who lived in the corner house owned by the Kauffmans. As required by state and federal laws, the displaced tenants were assisted by the city in their relocation efforts to the tune of $10,000.

Total cost for the right-of-way acquisitions and tenant relocation came to $300,000.

For those who are keeping tab of local trivia, the corner house on Louise and McKinley avenues which is earmarked for demolition was once the home of Pricilla H. Haynes, the first woman judge to serve on the bench in Manteca Municipal Court, now the Manteca Superior Court of San Joaquin County.