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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jessica Smart, (209) 577-5473
Release Date: Friday, May 9, 2014, 3:30:00 PM

Groundbreaking Ceremony for State Route 99/Pelandale Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project

City to break ground on largest transportation project in Modesto history

The City of Modesto will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the State Route 99 (SR-99)/Pelandale Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project on Wednesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at the northeast corner of Pelandale Avenue and Sisk Road.

This project includes reconstruction of the Pelandale Avenue overcrossing, the SR-99 on- and off-ramps and construction of a southbound auxiliary lane.

“The project is the largest transportation project in Modesto history and will improve safety and alleviate traffic congestion in the area,” said Bill Sandhu, City Engineer for the City of Modesto.  “The City’s goal is to communicate impacts to commuters, residents, and businesses throughout construction.  Traffic delays are inevitable, but it will be worthwhile once construction is completed and everyone is able to enjoy driving through an interchange built not only for today but also the future.”

The project will be constructed in stages in order to minimize impacts on the community.  Stage one, approximately May to September, will include the construction of temporary on and off-ramps to make way for the new interchange.  Construction of all phases is expected to be completed in early 2017.
This project is primarily funded by the SR-99 Proposition 1B Bond Savings Funds and City of Modesto Capital Facilities Fees collected from new development for mitigation of traffic impacts.  The City partnered with Caltrans, Stanislaus County, and StanCOG to secure funding and move this project forward.