Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Back in 2005 construction crews commenced the task of the widening El Dorado Street between Alpine Avenue and the Calaveras River Bridge, chopping 101 grown trees. Then the Budget Crisis hit and the widening was never completed.
Neighbors and general public not only complained, but were very strong on what they wanted to see instead. With their input in mind, now a new plan — including the planting of new trees on what is becoming known as the El Dorado Street Phase 2 Improvement Project— is under way.
The problem is that it is going to cost $3.8 million to go back to what it almost was before. “Not really,” said Paul Schneider, the design team director, “the sidewalks will be wider, the trees will follow a pattern and many traffic hotspots will be solved.”
One of the problems, Schneider pointed out, is the corner of Folsom Avenue, were twice a day hundreds of schoolchildren risk life and limb on a confusing corner were stop lights and corners are anything but normal.
“Before the trees were random, odd in type and frequency,” continued Schneider, “now they will be orderly, even in color.”
“It will be pleasant,” said local resident Linda Castro, who was in attendance at the orientation meeting on Monday. October 25, 2010. “I love walking on evenings and this is what I would like to see” continued while glancing to illustrations of the finished work.
The Phase 2 Improvement Project is scheduled to be finished by December 2011.
For comments, question or concerns about the project, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (209) 464-8707, Extension 101. You also may visit the website at http://www.eldoradoimprovement.org