A couple of major road improvement projects underway this month will affect Patterson residents and commuter traffic for some time to come.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is set to begin a $51 million, year-long repaving and restoration project to improve a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 5.

Earlier this week, the city of Patterson started work on utility improvements on Rogers Road, which requires a 24/7 closure of the road between Keystone Pacific Parkway and Zacharias Road, until construction is scheduled to cease on June 30, 2015.

Caltrans’ I-5 restoration project spans from the Stanislaus-Merced county line to the 1-205 interchange outside of Tracy, and will include pavements of on-ramps to conform them to local roads, as well as slab replacements on bridges.

As the venture crosses through Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, Crows Landing, Gustine, Newman, Patterson and Tracy are all in close proximity to the work.

At the time of the Caltrans press release announcing the maintenance, construction was slated to begin the week of Jan. 5, 2015, but due to scheduling conflicts, the start date has been pushed back to later in the month. The project is set to wrap up in January of 2016.

"They’re really in the works of getting a schedule down," Caltrans District 10 information officer Angela DePrato said. "As of today, there just isn’t a date."

Work will primarily take place at night, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and one lane in both directions will always be open. When construction starts, motorists should expect 15-minute delays.

The I-5 restoration work includes rotomilling and the installation of traffic detector loops. Rotomilling is a process of removing weak asphalt to create a compatible surface for new asphalt to bind with, DePrato said.

The traffic detector loops will collect data for future use to help Caltrans better understand how much the roadway is used, tracking such variables as the amount of vehicles that travel in a certain area at a certain time.

The I-5 restoration project is funded by savings in the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

Motorists may have encountered routine maintenance work this week down the same I-5 stretch that will be covered in the restoration project. This work entails moving street closures, alternating between the right and left lanes and shoulders, both northbound and southbound.

Maintenance will occur between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and will last through the end of the week. Only one lane should be closed at a time.


Rogers Road closure

During the Dec. 2, 2014, meeting, City Council approved the closure of Rogers Road between Zacharias and Keystone Pacific Parkway from Dec. 8, 2014, to June 30 of this year for several renovations as part of the Restoration Hardware project, which include sidewalk, as well as water and sewer, improvements.

Utility improvements beneath the road are needed for the incoming distribution plant, which is scheduled to open later in the year.

Underground work—the work requiring the section of Rogers Road to be closed 24/7—began on Jan. 6, as many motorists were made aware of by the lighted signage posted off the I-5 exit.

Emergency service access will be made available, and proper detour signage should be put in place, according to the council’s approval of the closure.

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892-6187 ext. 24 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com.

PI news, community and crime reporter

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