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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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Majority of Council voices clear frontrunner for roads plan

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Consultants vying for a shot at fixing Turlock’s deteriorating roads presented their plans during a special City Council meeting last Wednesday, though one presentation stood out from the rest to some Council members.

The special meeting was held to hear action plans from four consulting firms, who each responded to the City’s RFP and RFI requests for the roads program initiative. First introduced by Mayor Amy Bublak during her State of the City address in May, the initiative aims to rehabilitate Turlock's 428 lane miles of roads, which currently have a pavement condition index of 55 out of 100, over the course of the next five years by allocating 50% of Measure A funding for the cause.

An estimated total of $5.5 million will go towards road projects annually in addition to other funding sources, increasing the City’s existing road funding by 100%. While the City’s first step in the initiative was to hire a new Roads Program Manager, the newly-hired employee was not present for the special meeting as the position does not begin until Sept. 16. 

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Speed bumps are a last resort as speeding fix

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Quick, what’s the first remedy suggested by people who are fed up with lead-footed drivers?

If your answer is speed bumps you’d be right.

Cities have good reasons for not wanting to install them when people ask for them. Speed bumps are not preferred because they cause all vehicles to be forced to slow down for them – including fire engines and police cars – and at times a driver will speed up to make up for lost time.

“We especially don’t like to do that on collector streets or anything above, an arterial or expressways – that just kind of defeats the purpose,” said City Manager Tom Westbrook.

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