State hearing on North County Corridor Thursday

People wanting to voice their opinions on the North County Corridor to state transportation leaders should head to Sacramento on Thursday, a California Transportation Commission spokeswoman said.

The commission's two-day meeting starts today, but action on the proposed freeway north of Modesto is not expected until Thursday, probably between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., associate deputy director Annette Gilbertson said.

Officials want to build a 26-mile expressway from Highway 99 in Salida to Highway 108 about six miles east of Oakdale, skirting Modesto, Riverbank and Oakdale, starting in about 2025.

Commissioners on Thursday are expected to consider approving "route adoption" for the 18-mile stretch east of McHenry Avenue near Kiernan Avenue.

An environmental study says that leg could displace as many as 670 people in 219 homes and two mobile home parks, plus 266 employees working in 19 industrial buildings and 13 farm-related buildings.

If approved, officials would search for funding and conduct more studies. The freeway would relieve congestion and improve safety, officials say.

Thursday's meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Sacramento Convention Center, 1300 J St., Room 315, Sacramento.

The agenda is at