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Spreckels/Yosemite count up 17.5%
Intersection jumps four spots to become 6th busiest
Yosemite and Main is Manteca’s is the seventh busiest intersection in Manteca with 24,800 vehicles passing through it on an average day. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Traffic counts have skyrocketed 17.5 percent in the past year at the Spreckels/Cottage/Yosemite avenues intersection.

That comes as no surprise to motorists who are often backed up a dozen cars deep going north-south through the intersection at peak travel times or those dealing with a left turn traffic going from Yosemite to Spreckels stacking up past the Applebee’s driveway with greater frequency.

Average daily traffic count measures in March and April jumped 3,700 vehicles at the intersection going from 21,100 in 2008 to 24,800 this year. The new count moved Spreckels/Yosemite up the Top 10 busiest intersection list in Manteca from No. 10 to No. 6.

A 1999 traffic study predicted 39,000 vehicles will eventually pass through the intersection once Spreckels Park and nearby commercial is completely built and filled. That compares to 17,200 vehicles at the intersection the first year that Spreckels Avenue was opened as a stub started in 1999 with the construction of the Food-4-Less store. Before Spreckels opened, the Cottage-Yosemite intersection had a traffic county of 16,200 vehicles a day.

The extension of Industrial Park Drive to Spreckels Avenue is slowly but surely luring vehicles off Main Street to ease downtown traffic counts. Intersection counts show Louise-to-Cottage/Spreckels/Industrial Park Drive to Main has become a de facto bypass thanks to the draw of the Spreckels Park retail as well as the access to neighborhoods south of the Highway 120 Bypass via Van Ryn Road off of Industrial Park Drive.

The count at Yosemite and Main was 24,800 this year, down 300 vehicle counts. The intersection dropped one notch to the No. 7 spot on the Top 10 list. Ten years ago, the traffic count was 26,200.

Traffic was also up significantly at Northwoods and Yosemite jumping from 28,100 in 2008 to 31,400 this year to jump three spots on the Top 10 busiest intersection list to come in as No. 2 behind Louise Avenue and Main Street.

It is the first intersection after entering Manteca from the city’s “front door” at the Yosemite Avenue and Highway 99 interchange. Spreckels Park is a major retail center for Manteca but it also has a high concentration of highway orientated services from gas, hotels and food that includes the city’s busiest fast food restaurant – In-n-Out Burgers.

Traffic count at Manteca’s busiest intersection – Louise Avenue and Main Street – was up 300 from 2008 to 37,700. That was the same count in 1999.

Only one other intersection saw double digit gains – Airport Way and Daniels. It jumped 14.2 percent from 20,300 vehicles per day to 24,200. The bulk of that can be attributed to the opening of Costco.

The big loser was Main Street at Mission Ridge Drive. Traffic dropped 15.45 percent or 2,000 vehicles going down to 28,900. The biggest change was the closing of Mervyn’s and several nearby smaller stores.