VISALIA – After nine months of constant construction, lane closures, and delays due to detours, the project to improve the intersection of Goshen Avenue and Demaree Street has officially finished. Mayor Bob Link, Vice Mayor Steve Nelsen, and Councilmember Brian Poochigian handled the ceremonial honors of cutting the yellow construction tape during a ribbon cutting event on March 9.
“The seven phase project is now complete and we’re looking forward to celebrating with northwest Visalia as this project is officially finished,” said Steven Weatherly, City of Visalia Senior Civil Engineer and Construction Manager. “The Goshen and Demaree Improvement Project increased safety at the crossing of the railroad tracks, created a dedicated right turn lane southbound on Demaree and created dual lefts off of Goshen.”
The event was held in the parking lot at the corner of the intersection and featured appetizers and refreshments from nearby businesses Azul Mexican Grill, Osaka Sushi and Japanese Cuisine, and Subway. Those in attendance received a small gift and placed in a raffle supporting local businesses. The businesses were affected by the road construction but were able to remain open during the entire project.
“The Goshen and Demaree intersection is a highly traveled route for many Visalians and this is our way of saying thank you to everyone for their patience while we completed the work,” added Weatherly.
The $3.8 million project kicked off last June to make improvements to the intersection for at least 400 feet in every direction which will include widening, upgrading the railroad crossing, replacing the signal lights, pedestrian and handicap accessibility upgrades. The project was paid for with Measure R funding, the half-cent transportation sales tax approved in 2006, the state Gas Tax, and the city’s Transportation Impact fund.