Supervisor Bill O'Brien, 34, was quoted in the Nov. 7 Bee stating, "The Oakdale Bypass (proposal) has been around longer than I've been alive." I would also like to add, so has Oakdale's southern bypass route.
In November 1957, while my father visited the county planning department, among other things he learned that the 20 acres we had just purchased was in the path of the proposed Highway 99 east. This project's purpose was to bring eastbound 99 traffic through the southern part of the county, intersect at Albers Road and the Waterford Y, then head east to the foothills. The drawing showed our south neighbor's land being bisected, while just the southeastern tip of our property was affected. However, the gentleman at the planning department assured my father, "Don't worry, it will probably take another 20 years."
It was the anticipation of this easy access to Highway 99 east, we believe, which encouraged the development of most of Oakdale's industrial area in the southeast quadrant of the city.
We are pleased to see progress being made by the various entities involved on this southern expressway, and hope the 50-year-old plans are still available. It might save the taxpayers some money.