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Improvements - McHenry Avenue Meeting
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An informational meeting about the proposed improvements on McHenry Avenue, including replacement of bridges over the South San Joaquin Irrigation District canal and the Stanislaus River, is planned in Escalon for Monday, June 20.

An open house will be hosted at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave., from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a formal presentation on the project scheduled for 5 p.m.

Work is proposed on a stretch of McHenry just south of the Stanislaus River Bridge to south of Jones Road, including the intersection of McHenry Avenue and River Road. Representatives from both the San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County Public Works departments will be available at the open house to answer questions and discuss the project. Specialists in engineering, environmental studies and right-of-way will be on hand as well and residents can attend at any time during the open house hours.

Included in the proposed improvement projects are adding signal lights, as opposed to the current four-way stop, at McHenry Avenue and River Road; addition of a two-way center left-turn lane and the replacement of existing bridges with wider structures.

Public Works officials said the goal is to address existing traffic congestion and safety issues in the area, to reduce traffic delays and improve bridge safety.

The McHenry Avenue Corridor Improvement Project is a joint effort of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and more information is available by calling the hotline at 464-4350, ext. 101. Written comments and questions about the project can be sent to Public Outreach Coordinator, McHenry Avenue Improvement Project, P.O. Box 773, Stockton, CA 95201-0773.

Monday's public participation meeting is designed to give residents the chance to learn about what is planned and offer their input and voice any questions or concerns.