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August 23, 2014

Learn more about Pelandale Avenue roadwork at Modesto meeting

The public can get information about Modesto’s $54.76 million project to replace the congested, outdated Pelandale Avenue interchange during a public meeting Monday.

The public can get information about Modesto’s $54.76 million project to replace the congested, outdated Pelandale Avenue interchange during a public meeting Monday.

Once the new interchange at Highway 99 is complete, it will be able to handle twice as much traffic.

Modesto officials are holding the meeting Monday at Dieterich Elementary School, 2412 Warm Springs Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m. Acting Public Works Director Bill Sandhu said the meeting will be informal and representatives from the city and contractor will be on hand to answer questions.

Construction started in mid-May on the project, which is expected to wrap up in early 2017. The new overpass is scheduled to open to vehicles next summer.

The interchange is at the heart of a major retail hub, containing big-box retailers, a grocery store, fast-food restaurants, motels and other businesses. The project’s lane closures and detours have created headaches for motorists and some businesses.

Sandhu said the city is trying to lessen the project’s impact and keep traffic moving. He said the city recently reopened traffic lanes it closed on Pelandale Avenue and Sisk Road. The plan is to keep those traffic lanes open through early 2015.

Modesto is replacing the interchange’s three-lane overpass, built in 1970 when the city’s population was a third of what it is today, with a six-lane overpass configured at a new angle and with a new onramp and offramp. The project includes landscaping and a sign welcoming southbound Highway 99 drivers to Modesto.

The north Modesto project, according to city officials, is the biggest transportation project in city history.

More information about the project, including road closures and detours, is available at www.sr99pelandale.org. Motorists can sign up at the website to receive email alerts regarding the project.

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