Some of the $935,088 expected from the SB1 state gas tax increase will be put to use to build a new roundabout in Ceres – this one at the intersection of El Camino Avenue and Pine/Park Street at the eastern base of the Pine Street freeway overpass.
City of Ceres Public Works Director Jeremy Damas said the new roundabout will provide traffic calming measures while improving traffic flow. It will also help, he said, in the detours once the city and Caltrans begin building the new Service/Mitchell/ Highway 99 interchange.
The roundabout will be at the eastern portion of the Pine Street Overpass, east of the new roundabout at Pine Street/Central Avenue/Industrial Way. Last year the city finished a new roundabout at Morgan Road and Aristocrat Drive.
The project is mostly being funded by the federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) program with matching funds coming from SB 1.
City Manager Toby Wells said the new roundabout at Pine and Central is working well. Councilman Bret Durossette agreed.