Construction began Wednesday, Feb. 28, on landscaping changes to the roundabout and to a second traffic circle median at El Circulo and North Salado Avenue.
Both projects are slated to be completed in late May — in time for the Patterson Apricot Fiesta on May 31 through June 2, according to Mike Willett, public works director for the City of Patterson.
The $140,000 project is being funded by state transportation enhancement money from the California Department of Transportation, Willett said.
The medians in both roundabouts will contain a Valley Oak tree surrounded by a 26-inch-tall wall, with drought-tolerant crops on either side of the structure, said Ken Irwin, the city’s director of engineering.
Plants included in the median will be African iris, yellow sun yucca, dwarf fountain grass, New Zealand flax and East Friesland meadow sage. The project design has received approval from the city’s Beautification Committee, Willett said.
Atwater-based Rolfe Construction is building the medians as well as decorated concrete curbs around yield signs at the roundabouts and handicapped ramps at El Circulo and North Salado Avenue, all of which are being funded through the Caltrans money.
The project complies with the state Water in Landscaping Act of 2006, also known as Assembly Bill 1881, which requires water efficiency measures for new and existing development statewide, Irwin said.
The California Transportation Commission approved funding for the landscaping project and 72 other transportation projects in March 2012.
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