A four-month closure to upgrade a state route that runs through town is scheduled for next month, said a Caltrans official.
The shutdown of Highway 165 won't affect residents crossing the highway south of Henry Miller Road, said Caltrans spokeswoman Michele Demetras.
The closure of Highway 165 from Henry Miller Road to just south of Highway 140 will take place from Oct. 3 to Feb. 12.
"Those dates look pretty firm and fast," she said.
Commuters crossing Mercey Springs Road within the city, Demetras said, won't see any delays.
Demetras said a complete closure for four months is preferable to two years of controlled one-way traffic. She said the road is primarily used by commuters trying to avoid Interstate 5 and by trucks.
Morning Star's Paul Pimentel said the highway shutdown won't affect any of the tomato processor's direct routes.
"That should not bother our operations at all," Pimentel said.
The Caltrans project includes putting down 15 miles of new asphalt, realigning Santa Fe Grade and Wolfson Road with Highway 165, widening the San Joaquin River Overflow and Salt Slough bridges and replacing the San Joaquin River Bridge.
To reach Highway 140 while avoiding the project, commuters can access I-5 and Highway 33 from Highway 152.