Rehabilitation of the city's oldest thoroughfare, West Main Street, will once again be up for public discussion during a meeting set for Tuesday.
The City of Turlock is moving forward with its plan to revamp West Main Street from Lander Avenue to Highway 99 and will present draft designs to the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
In January, residents of West Main Street and community members were asked to weigh-in on preliminary ideas for revamping of the street — from minor traffic flow changes closer to Highway 99 to the installation of all new pavement and complete realignment between West Avenue South and Lander.
City staff has taken the community feedback from the first meeting and has draft some designs for the area residents and members of the community review and again provide feedback. The City plans on summarizing the outcome of this meeting and making a recommendation to Council for the direction of the development of the West Main corridor at a future meeting.
“I was happy to be joined by a number of residents and community members at the first community meeting in January," said Mayor Gary Soiseth. "The improvement of the West Main Street corridor is critical to creating a safe, efficient, and structurally sound entrance into our city. It's clearly more than a beautification project and I'm glad we're moving this project forward with significant neighborhood input."
The preliminary ideas presented in January included possibly eliminating the landscaped strip on the south side of the street east of West Avenue South, which would include three old Sycamores and other trees, and shifting the road to create more room for the trees in the landscaped area on the north side of W. Main.
The second idea was to eliminate parking on one side of the street and increasing the landscaped areas on both sides of W. Main from 3 feet to 8 feet.
Many of those in attendance at the January meeting had an opinion on how the project would affect the Sycamore trees that line W. Main Street — some voicing support for saving all the trees and some wanting to see the large trees, and their invasive roots that are the cause of the broken sidewalks along Main and a few busted sewer pipes, be removed.
Those wanting to voice their views on the project but can't make Tuesday's meeting can contact Nathan Bray at (209)668-6035, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 156 S. Broadway Suite 150, Turlock.