As work continues on the McHenry Avenue Improvement Project, officials are issuing an alert for delays along the corridor this week.
The message from the Improve McHenry team indicated that delays can be expected at the McHenry Avenue and River Road intersection on both Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 20 and 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The delay is due to construction crews in the area that will be installing temporary striping and traffic barriers along McHenry Avenue near Meyers Road.
Steady progress is being made on the project, which will eventually see the opening of a new bridge across the Stanislaus River linking San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, a bridge that is under construction.
Currently, motorists are utilizing a roundabout at the McHenry Avenue-River Road intersection but once the bridge construction is complete, there are plans to install a traditional traffic signal there.
Additional roadway improvements are also being made along the McHenry corridor as part of the project.
Information from the website provides an overview of the project, which is designed to enhance safety, improve air quality and assist with interregional traffic circulation.
Highlights of the project include:
1.1 miles of widening along McHenry Avenue from 1,487 feet south of River Road to 190 feet south of Jones Road.
Stanislaus River and SSJID Canal Bridges will be replaced with wider and safer bridges, satisfying current seismic design standards.
Installation of a two-way left turn center lane to facilitate turns into and out of driveways on McHenry Avenue.
Increased width of roadway shoulders to accommodate alternative travel modes, including bicyclists.
Installation of a traffic signal on McHenry Avenue and River Road that will accommodate existing and future traffic demands.