The street, which was built in the early 1950s, will be rebuilt from MacArthur Drive to Bessie Avenue, making it a four-lane road throughout that distance, with bike lanes.
That part of Grant Line Road will also receive new sewer and water lines, traffic signals, fire hydrants, driveways and sidewalks. An engineering department report said that 10,000 linear feet of sewer lines will be replaced.
Right now, some parts of that stretch are just one lane each way. While traffic hasn’t been a huge issue, senior civil engineer Zabih Zaca said, the road has become susceptible to cracking and potholes and needs to be replaced.
According to Zaca, the project will cost about $10 million, with Dublin-based DeSilva Gates Construction receiving a contract for about $6.7 million. The Tracy City Council OK’d the contract at a Tuesday night meeting.
The city will pay for the roadwork with developer fees and sales tax money set aside for roads, Zaca said.
Grant Line Road is one of Tracy’s major streets, and a report notes that the city has been planning to widen it since 2005. That year, they began to acquire the right-of-way from 13 homes and businesses along that stretch of road so they could widen the street. Zaca said the city started designing their work for Grant Line Road last year.
The construction, which should end September 2010, will not have a huge effect on traffic, Zaca said. He said at least one lane in each direction will be open at all times.
“It shouldn’t be an inconvenience during the construction,” Zaca said. “We’re not going to close the road.”
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