After being closed since Jul. 31, then delayed past mid-September to Nov. 1, and slated to reopen on Nov. 21, the Fulkerth Road and Golden State Boulevard Intersection will be opening just before Thanksgiving and Black Friday holiday shopping.
“The City of Turlock anticipates the Fulkerth and Golden State Intersection will open Wednesday night,” Turlock City Clerk Jennifer Land stated in a press release. “The City of Turlock appreciates the community’s patience as we increased the safety and efficiency of this highly used intersection.”
The intersection will now have protected left hand turn lanes, safer railroad crossings, more efficient traffic flow, new bike lanes and sidewalks with ADA upgrades, and improved lighting.
Some businesses have reported losses due to the intersection being closed, while many drivers, bikers, and pedestrians have complained about the lack of the thoroughfare and railroad crossing going from east to west across Turlock – from residential to the freeway and shopping surround Wal-Mart.
Many worries as of lately have been regarding the major intersection and thoroughfares being closed as Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the rest of the holiday shopping season is kicking off.
“Holiday travel is always challenging, however, not nearly as much in Turlock,” stated Councilwoman and Economic Development Committee Chair Amy Bublak. “Come shop at our local businesses now that our major intersections are all open.”