Two major construction projects on Mills Avenue and Turner Road have resulted in motorists making U-turns and finding detours while driving around Lodi.
Monday was the first day Turner Road was closed, so Union Pacific crews could replace a spur track that runs from General Mills and connects to south Woodbridge. The road will be closed up to two weeks, but city spokesman Jeff Hood said that time frame could be shorter depending on the railroad.
Mills Avenue will be closed during the day from Turner Road to Elm Street until July 26.
The closure will allow the city and its contractor, DA Wood Construction, to install a 36-inch water main. It will connect the future surface water treatment plant to the city’s water system. The plant is under construction and is scheduled for completion in August 2012.
Street parking on Mills will not be allowed. Crews will notify homeowners at least 24 hours in advance if they will block driveways or prevent access to homes.
To avoid the construction area, motorists may take North Loma Drive, one block east of Mills Avenue.
The workers are currently digging trenches while working around the utilities in the ground, said Kyle Porter of DA Wood Construction. The water main will be installed about 14 feet underground.
The Modesto-based company did all of the underground work for the Lodi Avenue reconstruction project, and also replaced a water pipeline near Kettleman Lane and Stockton Street, said Porter, who is a Lodi resident.
Hood said the city will not have to tear up Turner Road for the pipeline project. Instead, they are digging a large hole in the grass near Lodi Lake and one on Mills Avenue and will use a directional drilling machine to install the pipe.
On Monday, Lodi resident Maria Corona said she appreciated that the construction crew came to her door and apologized for the construction.
She works as a truck driver at night and sleeps during the day, but so far she has not been bothered.
“There is not a lot of noise. For me, it’s OK,” she said.