Selling said on Thursday, Sept. 26 that the project should take two months to complete and drivers who travel through the Byron/Grant Line roads intersection will likely experience 15 minute delays, but no road closures.
Originally scheduled to begin two to three weeks ago, Selling said the signal project was primarily delayed due to AT&T relocating a utility pole near the intersection and railroad personnel relocating the area crossing arms.
The construction Monday will begin with the installation of the signal, widening of the westbound Grant Line Road to accommodate a right turn lane, and the lengthening of the left-turn pocket on southbound Byron Road.
Once completed, Selling said the signal should “greatly reduce traffic delays” on those two major roadways.
The construction work will be performed by MCI Engineering, who was the low bidder on the project, Selling said. Funding for the project is being provided by a $756,000 federal grant known as the Congestion Management and Air Quality fund.
News that the project was still coming was good news, according to San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott, who represents residents of Mountain House, Tracy and portions of Manteca.
“It’s still going to happen,” Elliott said on Thursday, Sept. 26. “We’ve been needing to get that done for a long time. Wish we could get past these delays and get on with it.”
At a Mountain House Community Meeting on Sept. 12, residents burst into applause when Elliott’s aid, Scott Tyrell, announced that the signal project was still going to happen.
“I’m happy just getting it going and I hope you are too,” Tyrell said.
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