The city of Porterville was experiencing traffic problems near the intersection of Jaye Street and Highway 190. Left-turn egress movements from a corner store and highway frontage road were prohibited due to intersection spacing, and vehicle stacking at the signal (including semi-trucks from a nearby distribution center) added to the problem. Drivers ignored the signs prohibiting left-turn movements, which were intended to improve safety and operations, and made illegal movements to reach their desired business service locations.This resulted in increased police enforcement, which led to complaints from local business owners and motorists who regularly travel the adjacent street system. The solution was a multi-lane roundabout which was recently completed. The purpose of the project was to improve traffic circulation, safety, and improve the aesthetics within the community. MJV and OMNI-MEANS helped with the project.
The Cartmill interchange will expand the Cartmill street to six lanes and prepare the interchange for future development in the area, and better connect the area to the Outlet malls nearby. The project is funded by Tulare City’s proposition 1B ($7 million) and Tulare County’s Measure R ($15.3 million), and will be designed by OMNI-MEANS in Visalia. Projected completion date is November of 2015.
On April 17th the transit center was completed. “The new Transit Center makes it convenient to reach educational opportunities at Reedley College and the Vocational Training Center, to go to medical appointments, work or shopping,” according to Blanca Beltran, Dinuba’s Public Works Director. It will improve downtown and aesthetics in the area as well. The center offers the following services: Transit Service, 1st time homebuyer program, housing rehabilitation program accepting utility payments, Cooling Center, Free Wi-Fi, & Park and Ride. The project had a price tag of $1.5 million funded by a combination of California Transportation Development Act and Proposition 1C funds.
The Avenue 416 Kings River Bridge project is part of the overall project to widen Mountain View/Avenue 416 from 2 lanes to 4 lanes from State Route 99 in Fresno County to the City of Dinuba in Tulare County to the east. The bridge project is essentially the first phase of the widening of this corridor, which consists of constructing a new state of the art 4 lane bridge to the north of the existing narrow two lane bridge. The existing bridge required extensive seismic retrofits as well as widening to meet current design codes and funding requirements, making replacement of the existing structure the most economical and preferred alternative. The new structure will be supported by 6-foot diameter CIDH piles that are approximately 120- feet deep constructed with casing oscillator technology. The project team developed a set of construction contract documents that incorporated the requirements of the many regulatory agencies involved, including special provisions for humane bat eviction, arundo eradication, site re-vegetation, temporary water diversions, constructing during the flood season, waterway warning signs, and the incorporation of replacement bat habitat in the design of the new bridge. The design of the new bridge also includes some aesthetic elements that will result in a simple, yet beautiful structure for the residents of Tulare County when complete!