Road work will snarl traffic at M and Yosemite

07/10/2013 1:04 PM

07/10/2013 1:04 PM

A $350,000 project at the intersection of M Street and Yosemite Avenue will affect traffic beginning Monday, according to the city.

Crews will rebuild the roadbed in two phases, and work is scheduled to be completed Aug. 12.

City Engineer John Sagin said workers will excavate about 2½ feet of road.

“Yosemite (Avenue) takes so much traffic, that’s what we have to do,” Sagin said, adding that a similar project at Yosemite Avenue and G Street was completed last year.

Northbound and southbound traffic on M Street will be detoured. Vehicles traveling west or east on Yosemite will be allowed through the intersection, the city’s news release stated.

Sagin said the project was scheduled this month so it could reach completion before Merced College’s fall semester begins.

The capital improvement project is relatively simple, Sagin said.

Residents on the affected streets will continue to have access to their homes, according to the city.

Electronic signs will alert drivers of the detours, and letters were sent to residents in the area.

Rolfe Construction of Atwater is the contractor on the project.

Los Banos Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at

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