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.
The current trail grade separation will allow pedestrians, bikes, and horses on the path to go over the railroad tracks where the trail currently gets interrupted. The long term vision for the Santa Fe Trail is to ultimately connect it from Visalia to the City of Tulare.
There are currently multiple projects on the 99 state highway underway. This includes widening 2 lane areas to 3 lanes as well as upgrading existing lanes and shoulders. Truck traffic causes a lot of slow downs on 2 lane sections. The ultimate goal is to have the 99 be 3 lanes in both directions throughout most of Tulare County.