Timing’s tough for 3-day closure of Monte Vista Ave. rail crossing in Turlock

A Monte Vista Avenue rail crossing in Turlock will be closed for three weeks so Union Pacific can replace tracks and concrete panels.
A Monte Vista Avenue rail crossing in Turlock will be closed for three weeks so Union Pacific can replace tracks and concrete panels. jlee@modbee.com

A three-day closure of the Union Pacific Railroad crossing at Monte Vista Avenue and Golden State Boulevard is planned for Aug. 22-24, tying up access from town to major stores and blocking the key access route to California State University, Stanislaus, just as classes start for fall semester.

The railroad will close the crossing to replace tracks and concrete panels. The city of Turlock will be paving from the panels to the roadway to smooth anticipated grading changes.

The crossing involves seven lanes: four lanes of through travel on Monte Vista Avenue, with a right-turn and two left-turn lanes for eastbound traffic. A triangular island eases in right turners from southbound Golden State Boulevard.

Stanislaus State, just down the road along Monte Vista Avenue, begins its semester Aug. 24, promising headaches for Turlock’s newest residents moving into nearby apartments. The official dorm move-in day is this Wednesday, with a week of getting-settled activities planned before the lectures begin.

Monte Vista Avenue is a key Turlock artery linking the city with its largest shopping area, and northern residential areas with the freeway.

The official detour will send traffic along Countryside Drive and Golden State Boulevard, crossing Tuolumne Road. Detour signs will be posted. Highway 99 travelers are advised to use either the Taylor Road or Fulkerth Road exits, or be prepared to detour around the construction area using Countryside Drive.

In-town shoppers heading to Target, Kohls, Safeway or other Monte Vista Crossings-area merchants, however, might want to use Fulkerth Road to get to Countryside Drive and avoid the bumps on the residential section of Tuolumne Road as well as traffic backups from the detour.

Nan Austin: 209-578-2339, @NanAustin


For anyone trying to get to California State University, Stanislaus, taking the oblique routes from north or south might be a better option than fighting congestion at the Monte Vista Avenue exit. Good to know: Monte Vista Avenue is sometimes called University Way, but by any name it is the same road. University Circle runs inside the campus.

FROM THE NORTH: Take the Taylor Road interchange, heading east on Taylor to the Walnut Road stop sign. A right turn leads back to Monte Vista Avenue. Turn left and the university will be on the left, with its main entrance at the Dels Lane T-intersection stoplight. Make an immediate right to loop around the campus toward the dorms.

FROM THE SOUTH: Take the Golden State Boulevard exit and settle in for a ride through the countryside, then the heart of downtown, before turning right at a 4-lane to 4-lane T-intersection to go north on Geer Road. Geer will cross Monte Vista Avenue, where the university will spread out from the far left corner. Turn left there or proceed to Christoffersen Parkway, which runs behind the campus – an easier entrance to the dorm area, but with fewer signs.