City engineer Kul Sharma told the council that traffic in the city will be disrupted by a Union Pacific Railroad plan to replace railroad crossings at Central Avenue south of Sixth Street, MacArthur Drive and Sixth, 11th Street west of Lincoln Boulevard and Tracy Boulevard and Sixth.
The city, which has agreements called easements that allow the public to cross the tracks, will be responsible for providing traffic control and paving city streets so they are level with the new crossings.
Sharma said each street will be closed to all traffic 24 hours a day for a full week — Central and Sixth from June 10 to 17, MacArthur Drive from June 17 to 24, 11th Street from June 24 to July 1 and Tracy Boulevard from July 1 to 8.
Mayor Brent Ives said closing 11th Street for a week was “unbelievable,” and several council members asked
if there might be a way to expedite the work.
But Sharma said that because Union Pacific owns the right-of-way to the crossings, the city has little leverage to convince the railroad to stagger the work so the roads could at least remain partially open.
Union Pacific only agreed to provide a way around the 11th Street work site for emergency vehicles, Sharma said.
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At a glance
• WHAT: Tracy City Council regular meeting
• WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7
• WHERE: City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza
• DETAILS: Mayor Brent Ives, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel and council members Charles Manne, Robert Rickman and Nancy Young were present.