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Vernalis Interchange completed - financed by local quarries working "together"

Vernalis Interchange completed - financed by local quarries working "together"

Former "death trap" now safe for truckers and motorists Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held this morning for the State Route 132/Bird Road Interchange in Vernalis. The ceremony culminated 20 "years in the making", celebrating a new interchange, with related highway improvements done through cooperation of competitors, at State Route 132/Bird Road. Once called a "death trap" because of the necessity for making a dangerous left hand turn, especially in foggy weather, from Bird Road onto SR 132 it was hailed this morning as an improved safety route for both truckers and motorists. Several gravel quarries are located in the Vernalis area, due to significant aggregate deposits that blanket the area near State Route 132/Bird Road. The prior intersection could not accommodate the current and projected trucks needed to transport these resources to market. The materials at these quarries serve the construction industry throughout the greater San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco Bay Area.

Celebration! San Joaquin County ACE turns 15 and opens new facility!

Celebration! San Joaquin County ACE turns 15 and opens new facility!

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), which provides passenger rail service from the San Joaquin Valley, through the Tri-Valley area and into the Bay Area celebrated its 15th Anniversary Saturday by opening the doors to the just-completed maintenance facility in Stockton. About 400 people attended the event which detailed the history of ACE as well as giving a informative fun-filled explanation of the state-of-the art equipment using members of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. The $58 million Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) maintenance and storage facility is on a 64-acre site that was once American Moulding Products. The vacant field changed from eyesore to repair yard since the ribbon cutting August 26, 2011. It will be the first LEED certified rail maintenance facility in the nation utilizing photovoltiac panels and rainwater harvesting. Bryan Pennino, of Pennino Management Group, awas the project manager.

Allegiant announces new non-stop between Stockton and Phoenix

Allegiant announces new non-stop between Stockton and Phoenix

Allegiant (NASDQ: ALGT) today announced new non-stop, low-cost service between Stockton, CA and Phoenix, AZ via Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport beginning May 15, 2014. the airline is offering promotional one-way fares for as low as $58 (seats are limited).

"We are pleased to expand our service in Stockton to include low-cost, convenient travel to the sunny destination of Phoenix, " said Andrew C. Levey, Allegiant Travel Company president and COO in a press release. "The community has embraced our long-running service to Las Vegas and our seasonal Honolulu flights, and we are confident that they will appreciate our low-cost flights to Phoenix."

Allegiant began service at Stockton Metropolitan Airport in June 2006 with nonstop service to Las Vegas.

For more information please visit Allegiant.com

San Joaquin County Supervisors appoint new Airport Director

San Joaquin County Supervisors appoint new Airport Director

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has announced its selection of Harry Mavrogenes as the new Director of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport effective February 14th. Mavrogenes has been acting as Interim Director of the Airport since July 2013. Mavrogenes has served as San Joaquin County's Chief Deputy County Administrator since November 2012.

During this time he developed an Economic Strategy for the County as well as establishing a strong presence for San Joaquin County in the Silicon Valley including the opening of an office in Santa Clara. He was also a key player in helping to establish the County as an Innovation Hub (iHub).

Construction underway on Lathrop Road/Union Pacific Railroad Westerly Grade Separation!

When completed the new grade separation will improve safety, increase mobility and reduce greenhouse emissions.

The $13.3 million project is being funded through State Proposition 1B funds, San Joaquin Council of Governements (SJCOG), Measure K funds and Union Pacific Railroad crossing improvement funds.

The project team includes the City of Lathrop Public Works Departments, SJCOG, and Teichert Construction.

There wil be a public information meeting next Wednesday - January 22, 2014,  from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Lathrop Senior Center, 15557 Fifth Street in Lathrop, for an update on the project expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

Are Stockton Metro Airport improvements in the "air"?

A $28.5 million, five-year plan has been proposed by San Joaquin County officials to maintain and support growth at the Stockon Metropolitan Airport..

A major component of the plan  is the construction of a U. S. Customs inspection station to accommodate international travel. A simialr proposal made in 2007 was rejected by the Board of Supervisors as being too costly.

The airprot had a recrod total of nearly 72,000 passenger departures in 2013.

Harry Mavrogenes, deputy county administrator and interim airport director says the propsal would allow the airport to accommodate many more passengers as well as pay for upgrades and renovation of aiport facilities including runways, lighting and signage.

Mavrogenens says he has had talks with air carriers about new Stockton service, but has no committments.

Transportation projects get state funding boost

Road and rail projects in San Joaquin County are set to receive about $30 million of the $359 million in transportation funding announced by state officials Wednesday.

For drivers, about $10 million will be used to make improvements to Highway 4 in the Delta west of Stockton. The Bacon Island Rehabilitation Project covers about 12 miles' worth of road, widening and upgrading intersections, adding shoulder and median rumble strips, upgrading drainage and repaving where needed.

For rail passengers, $20.5 million is headed toward building 3.8 miles of double railroad track between Stockton and Escalon. It will improve the on-time performance of Amtrak's San Joaquin routes using the tracks, according to the California Transportation Commission. The route connects Stockton to Sacramento, Oakland and Bakersfield.