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Lower Sacramento Road near Collier Road may be safer next year

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Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:02 am, Wed Feb 1, 2012.

Within the next year, a hazardous portion of Lower Sacramento Road in Acampo will be widened and get some extra lighting to make the road safer.

Thanks to a federal grant of almost $600,000, Lower Sacramento Road will be widened from 600 feet north of Collier Road to 1,000 feet south of the Union Pacific Railroad crossing. A left-turn lane will be installed along with lighting and flashing beacons, according to Pete Martin, engineering services manager for the San Joaquin County Public Works Department.

Future plans call for Lower Sacramento Road, now a narrow "S" curve underneath the tracks, to be straightened out west of the tracks, but there isn't any state or federal money available.

"I don't see any money popping up," Martin said.

The "S" curve in which Lower Sacramento Road goes underneath a narrow railroad trestle has been plagued by serious traffic accidents and flooding during rain storms. The underpass was built in 1930.

On Tuesday, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to pay a processing fee to Union Pacific to install conduit and electrical wiring for street lamps. Supervisor Ken Vogel was absent.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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