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Highway 99 sees closures from flooding, heavy traffic and jackknifed semi-truck, CHP says

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Because of flooding and a jackknifed semi-truck on the southbound side of Highway 99 in Modesto on Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol urged drivers to find other routes.

The pair of incidents caused major delays for commuters, according to the CHP’s Modesto office. By 8:30 a.m. it appeared that both were being addressed. However, the traffic backup was expected to last well after that.

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Stanislaus has redone some streets to aid pedestrians and cyclists. Here is a sampling

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Streets are not just for motor vehicles, advocates for walkers and bicyclists have argued in Stanislaus County and beyond.

The county has several recent and current projects aimed at slowing cars and trucks near schools and other busy spots.

Pedestrians at some crosswalks now can press a button that triggers flashing warning lights for drivers. Some corners have “bulb-outs,” where the sidewalk extends into the parking lane to make people on foot more visible.

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Turlock police to host a DUI checkpoint days before Christmas

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The Turlock Police Department will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint a few days ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Turlock Police reported that the DUI checkpoint will happen from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Dec. 21 at an undisclosed location within the city.  

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Highway 99 construction frustrates Merced County drivers. When will it be done?

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 Anyone who uses Highway 99 to travel through Merced County undoubtedly has asked themself the same question: When will all of this construction be over?

Lanes narrowed by concrete dividers; work that causes traffic to slow to a crawl; and diversions that send drivers over bumpy pavement or onto annoying detours. It has all seemed to drag on and on.

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Highway 33 and other roads in Stanislaus County are closed due to local flooding

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The California Highway Patrol said Thursday afternoon that both lanes of Highway 33 between Patterson and Crows Landing are open again. Here is the original story.

Highway 33 was closed Thursday morning south of Patterson due to flooding, one of numerous road closures in effect throughout Stanislaus County due to localized flooding.

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Paradise Road in Modesto to Be Upgraded

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Walking and Biking Will Be Easier on Paradise Road in Modesto 

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be safer around traffic on half a mile of Paradise Road in west Modesto, thanks to a $3.56 million state grant. The City will use the funds to make part of the road more convenient to walk and ride a bicycle. The construction will cover the stretch of road between Sheridan Street and Modesto High School, along with several blocks of side streets.

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Driver killed in head-on crash near Keyes, California Highway Patrol reports

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A driver was killed early Sunday in a head-on collision just east of Keyes, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The two-vehicle crash happened about 1:10 a.m. on Keyes Road east of Pioneer Road.

The driver of a 2008 Mazda3 was eastbound on Keyes Road at an “unknown but high rate of speed,” according to a CHP news release.

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California is Building the World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing Over 10-Lane Freeway

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The world’s largest wildlife crossing is set to start construction on Earth Day in just a few weeks. The crossing will span ten busy freeway lanes just outside of Los Angeles.

The Wallis Annenberg wildlife Crossing will be in the Santa Monica Mountains region of Los Angeles County and will not only be California’s first bridge of its kind but the largest in the world.

Nearly 20 years ago, the U.S. National Park Service conducted a study that found roads and developments were deadly for animals that were trying to cross. The new bridge will allow animals to safely cross the road without entering the busy ten-lane freeway.

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ACE train could be running in Turlock by 2025

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The latest expansion of the Altamont Corridor Express, which includes a new train station in Turlock, could be running in the next few years after the project received an important approval last week. 

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission on Friday approved the final environmental impact report for the segment stretching from Turlock to Merced. Earlier this fall, the commission approved stations in Manteca, Ripon, Modesto and Ceres, for which design work has already begun. The latest approval will allow design work for Turlock, Livingston and Merced stations to move forward, connecting residents to Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. 

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Council approves contract for roads program to begin

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The Roads Initiative Program is officially underway in Turlock after the City Council on Tuesday approved nearly $1 million in Measure A funding to be used for its professional planning and preliminary design. 

In a split vote, with Councilmembers Nicole Larson and Andrew Nosrati dissenting, an agreement with Michael Baker International, Inc. in the amount of $844,642.50 as well as an additional $85,000 in contingency funding was approved by the Council, earmarking $929,643 from the Measure A fund to kickstart a five-year plan to fix Turlock’s roads. 

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