Kevin Valine Blog
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 28, 2014
Construction should start in May on Modesto’s $54.76 million project to replace its outmoded, three-lane Pelandale Avenue-Highway 99 interchange with a new one that will reduce congestion and double the interchange’s capacity.
City Engineer Bill Sandhu included the expected start date in his project update to the City Council on Tuesday. The council approved the plans and specifications for the project and authorized city officials to enter into a nearly $31 million construction contract with Fowler-based Teichert/MCM.
While a new interchange should make drivers happier, they can expect headaches because of traffic delays during construction, which is expected to take two years.
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 20, 2014
Mayor Garrad Marsh faced more criticism Saturday as he tried to explain the city’s growth plans, but he raised some valid points, though he did it awkwardly and offended his audience.
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 13, 2014
The City Council on Tuesday learned the basics about Modesto’s water system and how the city is coping with the third straight year of dry weather.
Posted by Kevin Valine on February 6, 2014
It looks as though the community is not interested in nonstop flights to and from the Modesto and Los Angeles International airports, with the pledge campaign far short of its goal. Also, Mayor Garrad Marsh’s annual State of the City address is Feb. 26.
Posted by Kevin Valine on January 30, 2014
Modesto officials took their first public steps toward downsizing after a 1 percent sales tax on the Nov. 5 ballot failed. The City Council’s Finance Committee recommended about $1 million in budget cuts Tuesday. Those recommendations go before the full council in February.
Posted by Kevin Valine on January 23, 2014
A McHenry Avenue methadone clinic that has drawn complaints over the years from nearby homeowners about its clients’ behavior is moving. Aegis Medical Systems plans to relocate this summer to a medical office building about a quarter mile north of its current clinic at McHenry and Modesto avenues.
Posted by Kevin Valine on January 16, 2014
Councilman Dave Cogdill thinks Modesto needs to make the difficult decision to spend as much as $1.5 million for a comprehensive update to its general plan and abandon what he considers its piecemeal approach to planning what the city should look like in the coming decades.