North County Cor­ri­dor Pub­lic Hear­ing Thurs­day

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Area res­i­dents are in­vited to a pub­lic hear­ing on Thurs­day, Sept. 7 at the Gene Bianchi Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 110 S. Sec­ond Ave., Oak­dale. The hear­ing will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., fo­cused on the North County Cor­ri­dor Project, from Tully Road to SR-120 (New State Route 108).

The pub­lic hear­ing will be con­ducted in an open fo­rum for­mat, and no for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion will be made. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend at their con­ve­nience be­tween 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Com­ment sheets on which to make writ­ten com­ments will be avail­able; and court re­porters will be avail­able to record ver­bal com­ments. Span­ish-speak­ing staff mem­bers will also be avail­able at the pub­lic hear­ing in Oak­dale to an­swer ques­tions and trans­late.

The Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (Cal­trans) and the County of Stanis­laus pro­pose to iden­tify a road­way align­ment for a west-east fa­cil­ity from State Route 108 (SR108) (McHenry Av­enue) north of the City of Modesto to SR-120 ap­prox­i­mately six miles east of the City of Oak­dale. The project may be an en­tirely new road­way or in­cor­po­rated into the ex­ist­ing road­way net­work and would serve as a bypass for the cities of River­bank, Oak­dale and Modesto.

The North County Cor­ri­dor

Trans­porta­tion Ex­press­way Author­ity (NCCTEA) an­tic­i­pates that the ul­ti­mate fa­cil­ity would be planned as a multi-lane, ac­cess-con­trolled ex­press­way/free­way with in­ter­changes, at-grade in­ter­sec­tions, grade-sep­a­rated rail­road cross­ings, ir­ri­ga­tion district cross­ings, frontage road­way, and lo­cal street align­ments.

Cal­trans has stud­ied the ef­fects this project may have on the en­vi­ron­ment. The re­port that ex­plains the de­ter­mi­na­tion is called an En­vi­ron­men­tal Impact Re­port/En­vi­ron­men­tal Impact State­ment (EIR/EIS).

The hear­ing is be­ing held to give peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to talk about cer­tain de­sign fea­tures of the project with Cal­trans staff

be­fore the fi­nal align­ment is se­lected. At­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss the ten­ta­tive sched­ule for the pur­chase of rightof-way and con­struc­tion, and Cal­trans staff will ex­plain the De­part­ment’s re­lo­ca­tion as­sis­tance for res­i­dents moved by the project.

Maps for the Draft EIR/ EIS and other project in­for­ma­tion are avail­able in hard-copy for­mat and dis­tributable elec­tronic for­mat for re­view at the fol­low­ing of­fices dur­ing nor­mal busi­ness hours: Cal­trans District Of­fice at 1976 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Stock­ton; River­bank City Hall, 6707 Third St., River­bank; Oak­dale Pub­lic Works De­part­ment, 455 S. Fifth Ave., Oak­dale; Modesto City Hall, 1010 Tenth St., Modesto; Stanis­laus County Pub­lic Works De­part­ment, 1716

Mor­gan Road, Modesto; Modesto Li­brary, 1500 I St., Modesto; Oak­dale Li­brary, 151 S. First Ave., Oak­dale; and the River­bank Pub­lic Li­brary, 3442 Santa Fe St., River­bank.

Com­ments on the Draft En­vi­ron­men­tal Impact Re­port/State­ment (EIR/EIS) may be submitted un­til Fri­day, Sept. 22 to the fol­low­ing Cal­trans ad­dress: Cal­trans District 6, At­ten­tion: Juan Tor­res, P.O. Box 12616, Fresno, CA 93778-2616.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the project, mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to con­tact Grace Magsayo, Project Man­ager, at (209) 948-7976 or grace. They are also wel­come to con­tact Matt Machado, Di­rec­tor, Stanis­laus County Pub­lic Works at (209) 525-4153, or machadom@stan­

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