Turlock drivers can thank sunny skies for a bit of good news: Monte Vista Avenue at Golden State Boulevard has reopened. The straight shot from the north side of town to the freeway and the city’s largest shopping hub opened Thursday afternoon, a day ahead of schedule.
“I am pleased that the repairs have been completed ahead of schedule and the railway crossing at Monte Vista has reopened,” said Mayor Gary Soiseth. “With the holiday shopping season, it was important to get this intersection completed in a timely manner so that convenient access to our regional retail center was reopened.”
The city of Turlock arranged a $71,530 paving contract and coordinated repairs with Union Pacific Railroad. Railroad maintenance in August left a mismatch between pavement levels and track height, causing a rough patch in the normally smooth and speedy route used by large numbers of shoppers and commuters.
The work closed the major intersection starting Monday, with paving scheduled to be completed by 5 p.m. Friday. Good weather and enhanced project coordination was credited by the city for completing the repair work ahead of schedule.
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All detours and traffic controls were lifted by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, sparing those heading to town from making a long loop around Tuolumne Avenue.