Canal Drive east of the E. Main Street + E. Canal Drive intersection (including the intersection) is now open.
Though the section of Canal Drive is open, the project is not completed and should still be treated as a construction zone. There are still bumps around man holes that need to be raised and transitions to some pieces of new asphalt around the Main Street + Canal Drive intersection.
The Main Street + Canal Drive intersection signal lights will be on flashing red lights, all-way stop, until phase II is opened back up around the middle of September.
The first phase of the Canal Drive road work was scheduled to finish the section of Canal Drive in front of Turlock High School and Julien Elementary School as quickly as possible before the schools are back in session.
Turlock City Engineer Mike Pitcock said “Our goal is to have the work east of E. Main Street completed prior to the beginning of the school year.”
The Canal Drive road closure notice has stated that the thoroughfare to Turlock High School and Julien Elementary School would be closed until August 17th. People got worried and upset because the first day of school is on Monday, August 16th, and are worried how all the school traffic and kids’ safety is going to work with no direct access while construction is going on.
Nathan Bray, of the Turlock Engineering Division, who is responsible for the project said on August 3rd that the August 17th date was the worst case scenario, and that according to the progress rate at the time, that phase I section on Canal Dr. should be completed before school starts.
“Trust me, neither the City nor Teichert want to be working around that traffic,” said Bray.
As of now, the Canal Drive rehabilitation project phase I is on schedule. Teichert Construction finished the paving on Wednesday and will be completing the micro-surfacing until a later time on a weekend as to not disrupt school traffic. Phase I still needs the permanent striping with buttons but has the floppy tabs marking out lanes, crosswalks, and stop lines.
Canal Drive is open from Main Street to Daubenberger as of Saturday, August 14, 2010.
Canal Drive Phase I Opens Saturday, Phase II Closes Monday
Saturday morning the road closure signs and detour signs for Canal Drive east of Main Street were removed. Main Street now goes through across Canal Drive and Canal Drive going east from Main Street is open through to Daubenberger.
The road closure and detour signs will be setup on Monday for closure of phase II, E. Canal Drive west of the E. Main Street + E. Canal Drive intersection (including the N. Olive intersection) to Geer Road. Geer Road north to south and turning west will remain open. Though some City notices have stated that Canal would be closed to through traffic from Golden State Blvd., Canal will only be closed from Geer Rd.
The Canal Drive phase II closure is planned until September 16, 2010 according to the City of Turlock website.