A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 24th in Tulare County for the Betty Drive interchange. When the project is complete, commuters in the area will have a smoother and safer experience entering/exiting State Route 99. “This project would not have happened without the vital funding that Measure R is providing,” said Caltrans District 6 Director Sharri Bender Ehlert. “Investments like Measure R are what get local improvement projects to the construction stage, providing important highway improvements, enhancing mobility, and improving safety across the Central Valley.”
Visalia’s Highland Gardens won a 2017 Blueprint award on March 10th – Highland Gardens is a 36 two and three bedroom apartment community complete with a playground, community center and community garden. This apartment community also features energy star appliances, a solar power systems and water conservation components.
City of Woodlake’s Downtown Revitalization project also won a 2017 Blueprint award. This project brought new street lamps, sidewalks, landscaping, and crosswalks which attracted new businesses to the city.
The Blueprint Awards highlight on the ground, existing projects that exemplify the Blueprint Principles. There are 12 Smart Growth Principles that represent the core values of the Valley and are used as the basis of future Blueprint Planning and implementation.
The adopted 12 Smart Growth Principles are:
1.Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
2.Create walkable neighborhoods
3.Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration
4.Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
5.Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective
6.Mix land uses
7.Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
8.Provide a variety of transportation choices
9.Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
10.Take advantage of compact building design
11.Enhance the economic vitality of the region
12.Support actions that encourage environmental resource management
A groundbreaking was held on November 4, 2016 to announce that Tulare County in collaboration with Fresno County, the City of Dinuba, Tulare County Association of Governments and Caltrans are currently in the process of widening and improving Ave. 416 (also known as Mountain Visa Ave in Fresno County and El Monte Way in Dinuba). The project will consist of designing and constructing approximately 12-miles of four-lane roadway with median and / or median lane for Ave. 416.
This is the first major project in Tulare County to be funded solely by Measure R and is set to be completed in 2018.
On Friday, October 6, 2016 the City of Woodlake held a Ribbon Cutting for their new Plaza and Round-A-Bout located in Downtown Woodlake.
Woodlake completed their roundabout downtown and plaza in downtown earlier in October, Measure R, State, Local, and Federal funding helped complete this project.
The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is pleased to announce the winners of the 5th Annual Local Motion Awards Luncheon. This event gave us the opportunity to honor the projects, citizens, public officials, and plans that have contributed to transportation planning in Tulare County.
Winners: Bike/Pedestrian Project Sequoia Ave East Pedestrian Pathway, Modoc Ditch Trail / Economic Development SR 99/Cartmill Ave Interchange / Innovative and Sustainable Transportation Reservation Road (M137) Safety Improvement Project, Bardsley Ave Grade Separation / Outstanding Road Project SR 99 Widening, Plano Street Bridge Widening
Elected Official Rudy Mendoza, Mayor, Devin Nunes, Congressman / Public Employee John Liu, Caltrans District 6 / Social Services Transportation Provider Porterville Sheltered Workshop
Transit Project V-Line / The Billion Dollar Project Award SR 99/Cartmill Ave Interchange, Agency: City of Tulare, SR 99 Widening Agency: Caltrans
Will Kempton from Caltrans speaks
Visalia accepts their award for the Modoc Ditch Trail
City of Tulare accepts award for Cartmill Ave Interchange in Economic Development category
County of Tulare accepts award for Reservation Road Safety Improvement Project in Innovative and Sustainable Transportation category
City of Tulare accepts award for Bardsley Ave Grade Separation in Innovative and Sustainable Transportation category.
Caltrans accepts award for SR99 Widening Project in Outstanding Road Project category
Porterville accepts award for Plano Street Bridge Widening in Outstanding Road Project Category
Mayor of Woodlake Rudy Mendoza accepts award in Elected Official category
Mayor of Woodlake Rudy Mendoza accepts award in Elected Official category
John Liu, Caltrans District 6, accepts award in Public Employee category.
Porterville Sheltered Workshop accepts award in Social Services Transportation Provider category.
City of Visalia accepts award for V-Line in Transit project category.
After years of requests from Central Valley commuters for a transportation service between the valley’s two major cities, V-LINE will allow airport travelers, students, commuters, or anyone preferring the convenience riding to that of driving. Each V-LINE shuttle will feature comfortable seats, free WiFi, USB charging ports, storage racks, and will be wheelchair accessible.
Beginning November 18, V-LINE’s first bus will leave at 4 a.m. on weekdays from the Visalia Transit Center, followed by stops at Visalia Municipal Airport, Fresno Airport Terminal, Fresno State University, and Courthouse Park, before the return route back to Visalia. Full schedule and additional information is available at www.RideVLINE.c
The Cartmill Interchange is partially opening! Today TCAG and Tulare celebrated the Cartmill Ribbon Cutting together with the community. The Cartmill interchange expanded Cartmill street to six lanes and prepares the interchange for future development in the area, and better connects the area to the Outlet malls nearby. The project was funded by Tulare City’s proposition 1B ($7 million) and Tulare County’s Measure R ($15.3 million), and was designed by OMNI-MEANS in Visalia.
Guest attendance was around 100+ today, with guest speakers featuring Tulare Mayor David Macedo, Tulare Council Member Maritsa Castellanoz, Tulare Supervisor Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III, TCAG Supervisor Phil Cox, & TCAG Director Ted Smalley.
New Cartmill Bridge
Cake celebrating the event
TCAG Direct Ted Smalley (left) and Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III (right)
A drone flies overhead
Dinuba District Supervisor (far left), County District 4 Chairman Steve Worthly (second from left), Connie Conway, & Council Member District 5 Craig Vejvoda, and local pastor on right.
Mayor David Macedo (left), Sharon Allison-Crook (middle) & Supervisor Pete Vander Poel III (right)
Tulare staff member Darlene Thompson (background) stands next to the new plaque dedicated to the bridge.
TCAG Chairman Phil Cox
District 2 Council Member Maritsa Castellanoz
This project entails two closely-spaced roundabouts at the SR 198 Eastbound & Farmersville intersections located to the south of SR 198. The Roundabouts will serve as the gateway entrance into the City from SR 198, the main east-west highway in the Central Valley. There are a number of commercial businesses (restaurants, gas stations, and small retail) visible from the highway and accessed via Noble Avenue. Future developments also planned on a number of vacant sites in the immediate area, including a shopping center with a full-size grocery store and industrial park. The roundabouts will increase capacity at the interchange by improving traffic flows at the intersections.
When compared to two-way stops, all-way stops, and traffic signals, roundabouts result in : 35% reduction in all accidents, 76% reduction in injury accidents, 90% reduction in fatal accidents.
Santa Fe Trail currently features approximately two and a half miles of trailway. The Santa Fe Trail features existing railroad bed as part of the trailway, with a pedestrian bridge over the waterway. With trail lighting, Santa Fe Trail will ultimately connect to Ruiz Park after construction is completed.
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.
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 Cartmill and Bardsley rail grade seperations have been completed ! These grade separations greatly improve cross town access to motorists, allowing cars to safely pass under or over the train while a train is coming by. This project was made possible from Measure R, matched 1:1 by our Federal Government.
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!
Woodlake transit center was completed in October of 2013. It features four bus shelters, landscaped areas, and will make riding the bus easier in Woodlake. It will make taking the bus much easier for students as well. The project was funded by a statewide transportation bond, proposition 1B ($225K), and Measure R ($595K).