Several local officials and politicians came together to break ground on a construction overhaul project at the Avenue 12 and State Route 99 interchange Friday.
Standing on soil once occupied by an Arco gas station, those in attendance lauded the SR 99 Avenue 12 Interchange Improvement Project as a much-needed renovation to an area that had become outdated and dangerous.
“This is a step in the right direction,” said Manuel Nevarez, the Madera County supervisor whose district encompasses the project. “This is one of the most heavily-traveled corridors in Madera County, and right now it’s extremely congested and borderline unsafe.”
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials said that the interchange sees nearly 70,000 drivers a day, with population rates expected to double in the next 20 years...