Forrester Road upgrading project is nearly completed

May 17, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

One of the county's busiest intersections is being upgraded to improve traffic flows and safety.

County Public Works Director Tim Jones said southbound Forrester Road traffic will no longer have to wait for eastbound Keystone Road traffic to turn, as it will now sit in a turn lane.

"It also reduces the number of rear-end collisions," he said.

The $253,316 project began about two weeks ago and is scheduled to be completed by next week. There is not a similar turn lane for northbound Forrester traffic because Keystone west of Forrester is a dirt road.

Jones said the majority of the traffic turning east on Keystone is truck traffic headed to Holly Sugar to drop off sugar beets. He said there are about 10,000 trips daily on Forrester and about 3,000 on Keystone, although more traffic is anticipated.


"We're trying to stay ahead of the curve," he said.

The money comes from Measure D funds, a half-cent sales tax approved countywide in 1989. Jones said the money from Measure D amounts to about one-third of his local road funds and amounts to more than that for the cities.

"It's very important to us," he said.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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