Yosemite Avenue being resurfaced

Officials say entire project is set to be finished in August

abutt@mercedsunstar.comJune 8, 2012 

The Yosemite Avenue construction project is on track for completion in August, city officials said Thursday.

The $1.8 million project will make improvements between Cordova Avenue and G Street and will widen the road to two lanes on each side, helping to ease traffic congestion. Yosemite Avenue will get a left-turn lane going into the Raley's shopping center.

The intersection of G Street and Mansionette Drive will be widened, and work will be done on traffic signals in that area.

It's just one of the infrastructure projects the city will undertake this year. Others include Highway 59 improvements, which have started.

During the past couple of days, the construction crew has been grinding off the old asphalt and beginning excavation to lay down a foundation under the new street, said Stan Murdock, director of public works operations.

That should take about three and a half weeks, he said.

"The road will be paved by the end of the month," he said, but added that the center median strips needed to be built.

The north side of Yosemite Avenue has been paved, said Mark Codd, engineer technician with the city. He said the crew planned on putting in fire hydrants on Friday.

"We're going to excavate and completely rebuild the road," he said.

Earlier in the week, the intersection was converted to a four-way stop so new traffic lights could be set up.

"The first day was a nightmare," he recalled, but added that the problems went away. "Everybody's seemed to figured it out."

Construction on the project began in January.

Reporter Ameera Butt can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or abutt@mercedsunstar.com.

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