Yosemite Ave. project at G starts Monday, runs through June

The Yosemite Avenue Improvement Project begins Monday, Jan. 9, with reconstruction of the driveways at the Raley’s Shopping Center at Yosemite and G Street.

The driveway work will be staggered so that customers will always be able to enter the shopping center from Yosemite Avenue during this phase of the project.

The $1.8 million project will result in four lanes of roadway, and a left turn lane at the Raley’s side of the street. The quarter-mile stretch of road from G Street to Maisonette will be widened, and the deteriorated pavement will be replaced. The traffic signals also will be improved in the area.

City of Merced staff members have had extensive discussions with the businesses and residents in the area on how to have the least impact on their livelihoods during the project, according to a city news release. Because of the seasonal nature of the businesses around the construction area, there will be several stretches of time when work on the road completely stops to give patrons better access to the shopping center, the release said.

As a result of the on-again, off-again work, the entire construction project will be longer than usual, lasting from January until June.Once completed, the project will eliminate the bottleneck at the G Street intersection and allow better flow of traffic along Yosemite Avenue, the news release said.

More news and updates on the project can be found on the City’s Facebook page on “The Streets of Merced” or on the City website, www.cityofmerced.org.