The McHenry Avenue corridor runs south/north and serves as a direct link between the Cities of Modesto and Escalon, and also connects State Routes 108 and 120. Within the corridor, the Stanislaus River Bridge spans from Stanislaus County to San Joaquin County and ends at the intersection of McHenry Avenue and East River Road. The bridge is only one of three river crossings in the southeast region of the County with the other two being Highway 99 to the west and Santa Fe Road to the east. Unlike the other two river crossings, the central location of the McHenry Avenue corridor significantly reduces the commute distance between the Cities of Modesto and Escalon.
The Stanislaus River and SSJID Canal bridges were originally constructed 58 and 86 years ago (as of 2017), respectively, and have exceeded their original design life. In addition, the increased traffic volumes through the intersection of McHenry Avenue / River Road over the past years have impacted traffic circulation and air quality. In April of 2016, Public Works of San Joaquin County installed a temporary roundabout to relieve existing traffic congestion; however, significant additional improvements are required to accommodate future growth.
The McHenry Avenue Corridor Improvements project will enhance safety,
inter-regional traffic circulation, and air quality. The improvements will include:
Construction began in April of 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid-2020. Traffic delays should be expected for the entire duration of the project. Delay times may vary depending on the construction activity of the day.
The project was awarded on February 28th, 2017 to Myers & Sons Construction in the amount of $21,934,144.50.
Funding for this project will be provided from the following programs/sources: