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Demaree St. road project to take a turn for the better

Demaree St. road project to take a turn for the better

Demaree Street will get two-way left turn lanes from Mill Creek Drive to Goshen Avenue following cape seal project

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VISALIA – Turning left off of Demaree Street will be easier and safer soon when the roadway will be striped with a two-way left turn lane from Goshen Avenue to Mill Creek Drive.

But before the lines can be painted on the road, the road itself will have to be coated. That work begins today, Wednesday, Sept. 11 as part of the Cape Seal Project on Demaree.

“Crews will be micro-surfacing a portion of Demaree starting September 11th and the process will continue through the following Monday,” shares Norm Goldstrom, Public Works Manager. “Micro-surfacing is a seal coat that improves the surface of the roadway and will provide a uniform pavement finish for the turn lane striping we’ll be including.”

Once the micro-surfacing work is complete, the existing road striping will be modified to continuous, two-way left turn lanes the entire length of the project. This work is part of the Cape Seal contract that was already underway on the southeast quadrant of the City. Originally, the micro-surfacing of Demaree Street was included with the Goshen & Demaree Intersection Improvement Project but was removed due to insufficient funds.

“Demaree Street was bundled with the Cape Seal Project to take advantage of the economy of scale,” says Goldstrom. “VSS International, Inc. is the contracted party to complete this project and will have crews out between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day to complete the work.”

North and southbound lanes of Demaree Street will remain open throughout the duration of the project. However, traffic delays are to be expected due to lane restrictions and alternative routes are recommended.

“Message boards will be placed on Wednesday, September 4th along this stretch of roadway to remind citizens that the work is coming,” adds Goldstrom. “We’ll be working to complete the project as quickly as possible. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we make these improvements.”

To see the full list of streets that will be receiving this treatment, visit www.visalia.city. For more information on this project, contact Norm Goldstrom, City of Visalia Public Works Manager at 713-4186 or at norm.goldstrom@visalia.city.

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