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June 25 meeting at Manuel Hernandez Elementary will inform commuters, businesses on Goshen/Demaree intersection construction

June 25 meeting at Manuel Hernandez Elementary will inform commuters, businesses on Goshen/Demaree intersection construction

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VISALIA – If you live on the northwest side of Visalia and are wondering how construction at one of Visalia’s busiest intersections will affect your commute, customers or calls for service, you’ll be able to ask city staff directly this coming Monday.

The City of Visalia and 4 Creeks, Inc., will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, to inform residents and businesses about improvements to the Goshen Avenue and Demaree Street intersection. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at Manuel Hernandez Elementary School, 2133 N. Leila St.

The project will make improvements to the intersection for at least 400 feet in every direction which will include widening the intersection, adding turn lanes and lengthening turn lanes in order to accommodate the growth in traffic. Construction is scheduled to begin approximately July 9 and will occur in seven phases over a period of eight months.

Between September and November, traffic will be reduced to one lane of travel at all times. The westbound lanes of Goshen and both north and southbound lanes of Demaree north of Goshen will be shut down for five weeks. Northbound traffic would be detoured to Akers Street or Mooney Boulevard.

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The project will then close the eastbound lanes of Goshen and both north and southbound lanes of Demaree south of Goshen for another five weeks. Southbound traffic would be detoured to Akers and Mooney. The project is estimated to be completed by February 2019.

The original project would have provided more access to the intersection throughout construction, but would have cost about $210,000 more. The original project also included two alternate bids to extend the curb, sidewalk and driveway improvements on Demaree Street south of Goshen to Mill Creek Drive and a second project to extend the work from Mill Creek to Hillsdale Avenue. These projects were scratched to lower the cost of the project by $1 million.

The city has already invested more than $2 million into the project with the San Joaquin Valley Railroad for the widening of the at-grade crossing of Demaree Street across the railroad leased line property and with Southern California Edison for the relocation of underground electrical infrastructure.

The project is being paid for primarily with $1 million in Measure R funding, the half-cent transportation sales tax approved in 2006, Gas Tax and the city’s Transportation Impact fund. The bid was awarded to Madera-based Avison Construction, the only contractor to submit a bid.

The public is encouraged to attend the informational meeting to ask questions and learn about the construction staging so motorists can plan accordingly.

In addition, information will be provided via Facebook, text alerts and local news media. Questions regarding the project can be directed to Chris Crawford, 802-3052, chrisc@4-creeks.com.

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