California: Highway 132 rerouting west from Modesto could start soon. Planning dates to 1950s

Construction could finally start soon on rerouting Highway 132 west from Modesto, a decades-old idea for easing traffic to and from downtown.

The city has called for bids on the project’s first phase, which will cost an estimated $82 million and could be completed by early 2021. It will be a two-lane road without cross traffic for about three miles between Needham Street and Dakota Road.

The new state highway segment will run about half a mile north of Maze Boulevard, which is the current Highway 132. Maze has numerous homes, businesses, schools and churches along it, less than ideal conditions for the cars and semis passing by.