Stockton – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces improvement plans for Interstate 5 (I-5) in Stockton. Caltrans has developed a series of improvements for I-5 between Charter Way and the Sacramento County line. These projects will improve traffic circulation and regional mobility, reduce congestion, add two new High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and increase the pavement life for the corridor.
“Citizens of Stockton and the region can look forward to three major highway projects and several other projects that will enhance the local economy and improve mobility,” said Ross Chittenden, District 10 Director. “The long awaited improvements for the busy I-5 corridor in Stockton are coming,” said Chittenden, “the State will spend $186.3 million in this corridor over the next several years.”
In May, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved $42.5 million Corridor Mobility Improvement Account monies to help fund the $119.5 million project that will build the first I-5 carpool lane in San Joaquin County, reconstruct the lanes, widen the median, add auxiliary lanes and ramp metering from Charter Way to Hammer Lane. Additional funding for this project comes from the San Joaquin Council of Governments’ (SJCOG) Measure K and the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). Construction is estimated to begin in April 2011.
A SHOPP savings project received the nod from the CTC in June, moving the project forward towards construction. The $21.4 million pavement enhancing project will replace 3,345 slabs along a 17.2 mile stretch of I-5 from Hammer Lane to the Sacramento County line. Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2011.
A third project, funded by the State’s SHOPP, will reconstruct the existing eight lane freeway and widen the inside shoulders from Charter Way to Country Club Boulevard. The $45.4 million project is scheduled to be in construction April of 2012.
Other projects for the corridor headed for construction are:
• Interchange improvements for Hammer Lane and Eight Mile Road.
• New interchanges at Otto Drive and North Gateway Boulevard.
• Phase II of the HOV lane project from Hammer Lane to North of Eight Mile Road.
In the mean time, Caltrans will continue to maintain the I-5 corridor until the permanent rehabilitation projects are in construction. This summer, Maintenance crews will be replacing pavement slabs as needed and a contract to replace 171 slabs from State Route 4 to March Lane will begin.
For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.