The Highway 99 interchange at Pelandale Avenue and Sisk Road closed Sunday night and is set to reopen early Wednesday as crews work around the clock to finish offramps and repave roadways.
In the first half of the 7 o’clock hour Monday morning, traffic on the east side of the highway was for the large part flowing smoothly. A steady stream of vehicles traveled west on Pelandale and turned north on Sisk to get on the highway.
Though there are electronic signs near Standiford Avenue and Sisk stating that the Pelandale interchange is closed, several vehicles went north on Sisk, only to find it blocked just south of Pelandale. Some turned around, others cut through the shopping center at the southeast corner of Sisk and Pelandale, then made U-turns at the signal where vehicles enter the Costco-Lowe’s center.
Simon Bettencourt of Teichert Construction said the work remains on schedule and that the interchange will reopen around midnight Tuesday with its new configuration in place.
The city will shut down a major intersection and Highway 99 interchange in north Modesto for slightly more than two days as part of an estimated $55 million construction project.
Modesto plans to close the Pelandale Avenue-Sisk Road intersection and the Pelandale-Highway 99 interchange for 50 hours, from 10 p.m. Sunday to midnight Wednesday so crews can work around the clock finishing highway offramps and reconstructing the intersection.
“We are going to work through the closures with alternating crews,” Modesto senior civil engineer Chuck Covolo said.
Modesto is replacing an interchange that was built in 1970, when the city’s population was about a third of what it is today. Construction started in May 2014 and is expected to wrap up by the end of this year. As part of the work, crews built a new bridge spanning the highway and demolished the old one over last summer.
Motorists should brace themselves for more closures as crews work on building the $55 million Pelandale Avenue interchange at Highway 99 in north Modesto.
The city will close the southbound highway offramp at Pelandale from Tuesday through May 18 and close the Pelandale Avenue-Sisk Road intersection for 50 hours from 10 p.m. May 15 through midnight May 17.
CityPublic Works Director Bill Sandhu said the offramp closure is necessary so crews can work on part of the ramp that connects to the interchange’s bridge, which spans the highway. He said the intersection needs to be closed so crews can reconstruct it, which includes opening new traffic lanes, connecting lanes from the bridge to the intersection, and reconstructing the roadway.
He said both closures are part of the project’s schedule.
The Off-Ramp for Southbound SR 99 at Pelandale Avenue will be closed for approximately 3 weeks starting April 26th. This closure is required as part of construction for the new southbound off-ramp. Once completed, motorists will have complete access to the Pelandale Avenue overcrossing bridge and Salida Boulevard in both northbound and southbound directions. Motorists should utilize the advanced warning and detour signage to find alternate paths of travel to their destination. Visit the home page to view detour information.
MODESTO — Drivers who regularly use the southbound Highway 99 off-ramp at Pelandale Avenue are going to have to find an alternate route for three weeks, beginning April 26.
The ramp will be closed as construction on a new ramp takes
place. Once completed, drivers will have access to the Pelandale Avenue over-crossing bridge and Salida Boulevard in both north and south directions.
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Drivers should expect delays at the busy Pelandale Avenue-Sisk Road intersection in north Modesto this week as part of the city’s $55 million project to build a new Pelandale-Highway 99 interchange.
The city plans to close Pelandale Avenue and Sisk Road traffic lanes at the intersection starting Monday. The work is scheduled to go through Friday, but the city expects it could wrap up sooner. The lane closures are from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The city will close one lane at a time. As part of the interchange project, workers will dig holes in asphalt to verify that underground utility lines are where they are supposed to be and then fill in the holes. Traffic controls will be in place to help motorists.
“We anticipate some delays” for traffic, said Chuck Covolo, the city’s project manager for the interchange.
But he said the impact will be minor compared with when the city closed a section of Salida Boulevard on the west side of the interchange and the Pelandale bridge spanning the highway from March 4-12.
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MODESTO —The off-ramp for southbound Highway 99 at Pelandale Avenue will be closed for about three weeks, beginning April 4th.
The move is part of construction for the new southbound off-ramp that will allow motorists complete access to the Pelandale Avenue bridge and Salida Boulevard in both northbound and southbound directions.
Drivers should pay attention to advanced warning and detour signage to find alternate routes around the construction. Drivers can visit www.sr99pelandale.org for more information and a drawing outlining alternate routes.
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The city of Modesto is holding an open house Tuesday to update the public on its $55 million project to build a new Pelandale Avenue interchange at Highway 99.
The meeting is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Abundant Life Center, 3120 Snyder Ave., and will provide a progress report as well as information on upcoming project milestones. Officials from the city, the California Department of Transportation and the project team are expected to be on hand to answer questions.
Officials say the project remains on budget and on schedule. But it recently hit a glitch when a water main underneath nearby Salida Boulevard burst March 4, releasing a torrent of water and dirt from under the pavement. The city closed that section of the boulevard and the Pelandale overpass until Saturday as workers repaired the damage. The closure caused more traffic headaches for motorists.
Construction started in May 2014 and is expected to essentially wrap up by the end of the year. The interchange will have twice the capacity of the old one, which opened in 1970 when Modesto’s population was about a third of what it is today.
City officials have reopened the Pelandale Avenue bridge spanning Highway 99 in north Modesto and a nearby stretch of Salida Boulevard after closing them for more than a week because a water main had failed and washed away dirt under the road.
Public Works Director Bill Sandhu said in an email that workers had completed repairs Saturday night and the bridge and boulevard had reopened.
“Thanks to our dedicated staff and contractors for their tremendous effort to complete repairs ahead of schedule,” Sandhu wrote. He had estimated the repairs would take two weeks.
The city had advised drivers to avoid the Pelandale interchange and use nearby routes. The closure did not help the flow of cars and trucks on the highway.
“It was really impacting the traffic on the highway,” Sandhu said in an interview. “I’m glad it reopened.”
The bridge was not affected by the broken water main.
Modesto is building a new $55 million interchange at Highway 99, which includes the bridge. Workers demolished the old bridge over the summer, and motorists have been using the new one as work continues on the interchange.
Construction of the SR 99 / Pelandale Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project is in full swing! The City of Modesto started work on the interchange in spring 2014 and the project is on track for completion in early 2017. The project includes a new overcrossing bridge with new on and off ramps to relieve traffic congestion, improve traffic operations, and enhance safety in the area.
The project also provides a new gateway into the City with a “Welcome to Modesto” sign to greet visitors at the City’s northern entrance. The most notable component of the project – the new Pelandale Avenue overcrossing bridge – will soon be completed. If you have driven on the bridge, you may have noticed the decorative features, lighting, and pedestrian walkway.
While crews have been working on a large amount of less visible underground improvements over the winter months, prepare to see more activity this spring as the next phase of construction begins. The existing southbound SR 99 Pelandale Ave. off ramp will be temporarily closed for approximately three weeks while crews work on completing a new southbound off ramp. During this time, detour signage will direct traffic to utilize the southbound SR 99 Kiernan Avenue off ramp and southbound Salida Boulevard to eastbound Pelandale Avenue. Once the southbound SR 99 Pelandale Avenue off ramp improvements are completed, traffic will then begin to utilize the new southbound SR 99 Pelandale Ave. off ramp. Crews will then shift to work on the new southbound SR 99 Pelandale on ramp.
Also, the new northbound SR 99 Sisk Road off ramp is currently under construction and has an anticipated date of opening in mid-April. In addition, later this summer look for an update on the opening of the Salida Blvd./Murphy Road/Dakota Ave./UPRR Crossing.
The City understands that construction can be inconvenient, and we want to thank the residents and businesses for their patience as we work to complete this project on time and within budget.
Stay tuned for more updates, as the project continues to move forward. Information is always available on the project website where traffic updates on the home page are updated weekly. If you have any questions, please visit us here.
COMMUNITY UPDATE MEETING
Join us for a community meeting on Tuesday, March 15th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Abundant Life Center, located at 3120 Snyder Avenue. Project team members will be available to answer questions and discuss upcoming detours. More information here.