Traffic signal construction at Dels Lane and Golden State Boulevard is moving along “fairly well” according to Eric Picciano, Principal Civil Engineer and Chief Building Official of Development Services for the City of Turlock, but the signal at Monte Vista and Colorado avenues will still be a few months.
Picciano shared July 8 at Turlock’s City Council meeting that the signal in construction at Dels Lane and Golden State Boulevard is going along a lot faster than the City’s other signal project at Monte Vista Avenue and Colorado Avenue.
The City is still working with Turlock Irrigation District at Dels Lane and Golden State Boulevard, as there is a slight delay due to a signal pole and powerline issue. Picciano explained it’s just a matter of figuring how close they can locate a pole to a power line.
At Monte Vista and Colorado avenues, the utility companies have already done their work, but the construction will continue for several more months as the installation of that signal is a longterm project.
Picciano also shared that the building department still has its resurfacing projects going on at Fulkerth Road, Colorado Avenue, and Main Street.
Escondido and Colorado Avenues were closed last week for underground work related to the resurfacing project at Colorado, and will be followed up with concrete work that will most likely be done in early August.
Dianne Drive west of the highway has an upcoming realignment project that will mean a detour in about two weeks. The detour will account for the area auto dealers to remain open.
The Fulkerth Road water tank project west of Highway 99 started slow but is moving along smoothly except for one slight glitch, according to Picciano: the pavement the contractor put down is not acceptable which may cause a temporary road closure.
At F Street and Golden State the project is complete for contractors, but the City is still working out charges with the railroad they felt were incorrect. A letter has been sent in an effort to resolve the issue.
Picciano updated the Council on other staff items, including the amount of permits issued so far this year which varies from years passed. Although on a daily and weekly basis the permits issued are not always matching the percentages of years passed, the amount issued so far in total this year surpassed last year’s total at six months.
Last year, in the first six months of the year, 657 permits were issued, while in the first six months of this year, 810 permits were issued. This means a 23% increase in total permits issued for the first half of the year.
Picciano explained that over the years, the permits being requested are becoming more complicated, meaning they take longer to issue. They are often for housing, including additions, and are also for commercial projects. Instead of smaller permits being issued daily, the more complicated permits are being issued every few days after going through processing, providing the varied set of data.
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