Modesto closes Pelandale bridge over Highway 99

March 4, 2016

City officials closed the Pelandale Avenue bridge spanning Highway 99 in north Modesto on Friday after a 150-foot section of a water main underneath nearby Salida Boulevard failed, releasing a torrent of water.03.04 JS Broken Main

Public Works Director Bill Sandhu said the leak may have washed out some of the dirt underneath Salida Boulevard, which could make the roadway unsafe for cars and trucks coming off the bridge or entering the bridge from the boulevard. The city also closed a few hundred feet of Salida Boulevard where the water main failed.

Officials with Dokken Construction, the project’s designer, were on scene early Friday afternoon to assess the problem. The plan was for workers to dig up parts of the pavement to check the soil. Sandhu said the bridge and that section of Salida Boulevard could be closed for as long as two weeks, depending upon the weather, as workers repair the damage.

Motorists are asked to check for updates.

Sandhu stressed the Pelandale bridge was not affected by the leak, and the roughly $55 million project remains on time and on budget. He said Highway 99’s Pelandale exits will remain open, but he advised highway drivers to use the nearby Kiernan and Standiford avenue exits.

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Modesto’s old Pelandale bridge comes tumbling down

August 4, 2015

Workers demolished the Pelandale Avenue bridge spanning Highway 99 in north Modesto over the weekend as part of a $55 million project to build a new interchange at the highway.08.04 Modesto Bee Demolition Photo

A new bridge opened to traffic July 24. Workers are halfway through the project, with all the major work expected to be finished by the end of 2016 and ahead of a ribbon-cutting for the new interchange in early 2017. It will have twice the capacity of the old interchange, which opened in 1970, when Modesto’s population was about a third of what it is today.

Highway 99 was slated to be closed from 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for the demolition and 11 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for workers to remove any remaining debris from the highway median. The highway also was closed at the Kiernan Avenue interchange about a half-mile north of Pelandale for similar work. Stanislaus County is upgrading that interchange.

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July 23, 2015

Thank you for your patience as the City continues to work on the Pelandale Avenue Interchange reconstruction project. Since beginning construction in spring 2014, the construction team has completed many major milestones and the project remains within budget and on schedule for completion in late 2016. The Pelandale Avenue Interchange Reconstruction project is critical to increase safety, relieve congestion, and enhance traffic flow on the interchange and adjacent streets. 

If you have driven in the area, you have probably noticed a flurry of activity as crews work to reconfigure lanes, construct new on and off ramps, and install major components of the new Pelandale Avenue overcrossing bridge.

This Friday, July 24th, four lanes of the eight-lane bridge will officially open to traffic.

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City leaders get preview of Pelandale interchange

July 22, 2015

Motorists driving Highway 99 don’t get to see the “real Modesto,” said Bill Sandhu, city Public Works director, as he showed Modesto government and business leaders around the Pelandale Avenue bridge that will open Friday afternoon. As a northern gateway, the interchange will evoke the beauty and character of Modesto, including the downtown arch and Gallo Center for the Arts, he said.07.22.15 - Modesto Bee

The first stop on a tour Sandhu led of the $55 million project was the newly unveiled “monument signage” at what will be the southbound on- and offramps. Plywood boards were removed Tuesday morning to reveal the embossed words “Welcome to Modesto” and, below that, “Water Wealth Contentment Health” – the same message as on the arch.

“Is it spelled right?” City Manager Jim Holgersson said jokingly as he got out of a tour van to look at the sign. Fortunately, it is.

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Modesto nears milestone on Pelandale interchange

June 7, 2015

Motorists soon can expect more traffic headaches at Modesto’s Pelandale Avenue-Highway 99 interchange, where construction workers are building a new $54.76 million interchange to replace the congested, obsolete one.JW Pelandale Bridge 09

The Pelandale traffic lanes at Sisk Road in both directions will be greatly reduced starting June 22. Motorists also can expect traffic delays at Salida Boulevard near the intersection’s west side as workers reconfigure one of the highway ramps. And the northbound offramp will be closed for three days. These restrictions and closures are part of finishing the interchange’s new bridge spanning the highway.

Public Works Director Bill Sandhu said the bridge should open to traffic by mid- to late July. The bridge has more than twice the capacity of the old, three-lane bridge, but Sandhu said initially, just four of the new bridge’s eight lanes will be open to traffic.

The public can learn more about the project Thursday when Modesto holds an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. at Abundant Life Christian Center, 3120 Snyder Ave.

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North Modesto interchanges picking up speed

December 29, 2014

Modesto and Stanislaus County officials say they are making very good progress in replacing two obsolete Highway 99 interchanges with new ones at a combined cost of nearly DN Pelandale 02.JPG $100 million and the promise to ease traffic congestion in north Modesto.

The city is building an interchange to replace one at Pelandale Avenue and the highway at a cost of nearly $55 million. The county is replacing its Kiernan Avenue interchange for $42 million. Those costs cover everything involved in the projects, including design work, acquiring land and construction. Most of the money is coming from the state.

Work on Pelandale started in late May and is expected to wrap up in early 2017. But city officials say the new highway overpass should open in late summer. The county has been working on Kiernan for about 18 months, and that project is expected to wrap up in spring 2016.

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Highway 99 closing for a few hours in coming nights

September 30, 2014

Traffic, already tricky here thanks to road work, is about to get even more challenging.

Highway 99 will close late Tuesday and Wednesday nights, for a few hours each time, while crews install horizontal beams for a new bridge over the freeway at Kiernan Avenue.

A railroad crossing west of the Pelandale Avenue interchange also will close, but for much longer – up to 18 months.

Drivers heading south on Highway 99 will detour around the Kiernan interchange from 11 Tuesday night until about 4 the next morning. Northbound lanes will be closed for about the same duration late Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

The bridge itself is expected to close at 10 p.m. both nights and may not reopen until 5 a.m. the next morning, between Salida Boulevard on the west and Sisk Road on the east.

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New Pelandale onramp set to open

September 8, 2014

Modesto’s $54.76 million project to replacepelandale the Pelandale Avenue-Highway 99 interchange could reach a milestone Friday with the opening of a new northbound highway onramp.

The ramp replaces the one construction workers closed three weeks ago, forcing drivers to use the highway onramps at Kiernan and Standiford avenues. The onramp is expected to open Friday , as long as a new highway auxiliary lane between the two interchanges opens.

The lane from the Pelandale interchange to the one at Kiernan will serve cars getting on and off the freeway between the two interchanges. Stanislaus County is upgrading the Kiernan interchange, and the auxiliary lane is being built by the city and county.

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Learn more about Pelandale Avenue roadwork at Modesto meeting

August 26, 2014

The public can get inform7IBWM.AuSt.11ation about Modesto’s $54.76 million project to replace the congested, outdated Pelandale Avenue
interchange during a public meeting Monday.

Once the new interchange at Highway 99 is complete, it will be able to handle twice as much

Modesto officials are holding the meeting Monday at Dieterich Elementary School, 2412 Warm Springs Drive, from 5 to 8 p.m. Acting Public Works Director Bill Sandhu said the meeting will be informal and representatives from the city and contractor will be on hand to answer questions.

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Modesto advises patience as Pelandale project gains speed

August 18, 2014

The city provided aPelandale progress report Thursday on its $54.76 million project to replace the
congested, outdated Pelandale Avenue interchange at Highway 99 with one that can handle twice as many cars and provide Modesto with an attractive gateway into the city.

Acting Public Works Director Bill Sandhu said this is the biggest transportation project in city history. Construction workers have been on the job since mid-May and are making excellent progress, he said. Though the project in north Modesto is not expected to wrap up until early 2017, Sandhu said the new overpass should open next summer.

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