Stanislaus County leaders on Tuesday approved plans for improving another section of Hatch Road east of Ceres, which is one of the most congested roadways in the county.
They also hired a consultant to revamp the intersection of Golden State Boulevard, Golf Road and South Berkeley Avenue in southeast Turlock.
In 2011, the county improved East Hatch from Faith Home Road to Clinton, and will follow that with $2.3 million in additional work between Clinton and Baldwin roads.
East Hatch is being widened to 48 feet with a center left-turn lane. That will pave the way for later putting a signal at East Hatch and Santa Fe Avenue near Hughson.
The county intends to use public facility fees for the most recent work on Hatch. The next step is negotiating right-of-way purchases from property owners and completing the construction design by September.
In other action Tuesday, Modesto-based Drake Haglan and Associates was hired to oversee improvements for the Golden State-Golf-Berkeley intersection in an unincorporated area of Turlock. Drake Haglan was awarded the $750,000 contract even though it was the only firm to submit a proposal.
County Public Works recommended hiring the Modesto firm because federal transportation funds for the project need to be spent by June 2016. The county plans to widen the intersection and install a signal and turn lanes to improve safety and traffic flow.
The county will fund the consulting contract with $540,000 in federal funds and local public facility fees. Drake Haglan will handle the environmental work, engineering, construction specifications, permitting and outreach.
Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2321.
Board of Supervisors watch
The Board of Supervisors took the following action Tuesday:
▪ Voted 4-0 to approve emergency repairs on the 25-foot-high perimeter fence at the Fink Road Landfill. A rainstorm blew down the fence sometime between late Feb. 7 and early Feb. 9. Restoring the 740 feet of damaged fence and netting is expected to cost $157,000. Supervisor Bill O’Brien, who was away on county business, did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.
▪ Approved an $800,000 increase in the contracts with out-of-county facilities for treating adults with severe mental illness and children with serious emotional disorders. The county has seen increased demand for the treatment services, a report said. Tuesday’s action increases the contract maximums by $220,000 for California Psychiatric Transitions in Delhi, $169,000 for Merced Behavioral Health Center, $267,000 for Telecare treatment facilities and $140,000 for Milhous Chidren’s Services in Sacramento and Nevada City.