CalTrans announces projects to improve roads in Merced County

The California Department of Transportation said is it breaking ground on several projects to improve roads in Merced County, according to a news release.

According to Caltrans, the projects will provide new pavement, upgrade drainage systems and improve traffic safety in areas of Merced County.

One of the projects Caltrans announced is scheduled to enhance the intersection of northbound and southbound Highway 59 at Olive Avenue and Santa Fe Drive in Merced. The estimated $5.7 million project includes widening of the intersection to install curb ramps. The project also includes plans for a crosswalk with new signals to improve timing and an extension of turning lanes to avoid traffic backups, according to Caltrans.