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Temporary Roundabout Considered On McHenry


A temporary roundabout could be showing up in the future at McHenry Avenue and River Road – which currently is controlled by a four-way stop.

The San Joaquin County Public Works Department is scheduled to make a presentation later this month to outline the possibility of a temporary roundabout at McHenry Avenue and River Road to assist with traffic flow. According to county officials, this will be a temporary solution until construction of the new five-lane bridge and roadway improvements at the bridge over the Stanislaus River, spanning San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. The construction project will also include a new traffic signal at the McHenry/River intersection, when it occurs – with the schedule currently anticipating a start in the summer of 2017.

The presentation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located inside City Hall at 2060 McHenry Ave., Escalon.

In other city business, members of the Escalon City Council, Planning Commission, Recreation Commission and Parks Foundation gathered for a meeting on Monday night, Feb. 8 regarding the Hogan-Ennis Park Design. Ideas developed at the session will be presented to the consultants, with a draft design due to be presented at a public meeting in early March. That date is yet to be determined.

The city has purchased additional acreage adjacent to the current Hogan Park and the design for added attractions there – including a skate park – is underway. Monday’s session was designed to get input from the various city committees and the plan will also go before the public at a later date for comments.