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And so it begins! Groundbreaking held last Tuesday for the Stockton Crosstown Freeway West Extension

And so it begins! Groundbreaking held last Tuesday for the Stockton Crosstown Freeway West Extension

As ominous clouds roiled in the background and attendees shivered in the wind, attendees and dignitaries kicked off the construction of the long- awaited project with each speaker asking the public's help and patience in persevering more freeway construction that will ultimately result in a smoother ride for all. Dignitaries included Malcom Dougherty, Caltrans director; Amarjeet Benipal, Caltrans acting director for District 10; Carlos Villapudua, San Joaquin County supervisor; Anthony Silva, mayor of Stockton; Victor Mow, vice chairman for Port of Stockton board; and Andrew Chesley, executive director, San Joaquin Council of Governments. The project is being funded through a combination of Measure K and Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement Funds (TCIF).

Celebration! San Joaquin County ACE turns 15 and opens new facility!

Celebration! San Joaquin County ACE turns 15 and opens new facility!

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), which provides passenger rail service from the San Joaquin Valley, through the Tri-Valley area and into the Bay Area celebrated its 15th Anniversary Saturday by opening the doors to the just-completed maintenance facility in Stockton. About 400 people attended the event which detailed the history of ACE as well as giving a informative fun-filled explanation of the state-of-the art equipment using members of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. The $58 million Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) maintenance and storage facility is on a 64-acre site that was once American Moulding Products. The vacant field changed from eyesore to repair yard since the ribbon cutting August 26, 2011. It will be the first LEED certified rail maintenance facility in the nation utilizing photovoltiac panels and rainwater harvesting. Bryan Pennino, of Pennino Management Group, awas the project manager.

Allegiant announces new non-stop between Stockton and Phoenix

Allegiant announces new non-stop between Stockton and Phoenix

Allegiant (NASDQ: ALGT) today announced new non-stop, low-cost service between Stockton, CA and Phoenix, AZ via Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport beginning May 15, 2014. the airline is offering promotional one-way fares for as low as $58 (seats are limited).

"We are pleased to expand our service in Stockton to include low-cost, convenient travel to the sunny destination of Phoenix, " said Andrew C. Levey, Allegiant Travel Company president and COO in a press release. "The community has embraced our long-running service to Las Vegas and our seasonal Honolulu flights, and we are confident that they will appreciate our low-cost flights to Phoenix."

Allegiant began service at Stockton Metropolitan Airport in June 2006 with nonstop service to Las Vegas.

For more information please visit Allegiant.com

San Joaquin County Supervisors appoint new Airport Director

San Joaquin County Supervisors appoint new Airport Director

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has announced its selection of Harry Mavrogenes as the new Director of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport effective February 14th. Mavrogenes has been acting as Interim Director of the Airport since July 2013. Mavrogenes has served as San Joaquin County's Chief Deputy County Administrator since November 2012.

During this time he developed an Economic Strategy for the County as well as establishing a strong presence for San Joaquin County in the Silicon Valley including the opening of an office in Santa Clara. He was also a key player in helping to establish the County as an Innovation Hub (iHub).

Construction underway on Lathrop Road/Union Pacific Railroad Westerly Grade Separation!

When completed the new grade separation will improve safety, increase mobility and reduce greenhouse emissions.

The $13.3 million project is being funded through State Proposition 1B funds, San Joaquin Council of Governements (SJCOG), Measure K funds and Union Pacific Railroad crossing improvement funds.

The project team includes the City of Lathrop Public Works Departments, SJCOG, and Teichert Construction.

There wil be a public information meeting next Wednesday - January 22, 2014,  from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Lathrop Senior Center, 15557 Fifth Street in Lathrop, for an update on the project expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

Are Stockton Metro Airport improvements in the "air"?

A $28.5 million, five-year plan has been proposed by San Joaquin County officials to maintain and support growth at the Stockon Metropolitan Airport..

A major component of the plan  is the construction of a U. S. Customs inspection station to accommodate international travel. A simialr proposal made in 2007 was rejected by the Board of Supervisors as being too costly.

The airprot had a recrod total of nearly 72,000 passenger departures in 2013.

Harry Mavrogenes, deputy county administrator and interim airport director says the propsal would allow the airport to accommodate many more passengers as well as pay for upgrades and renovation of aiport facilities including runways, lighting and signage.

Mavrogenens says he has had talks with air carriers about new Stockton service, but has no committments.

At Last! Stockton's Sperry Road Extension Project Opens!

At Last! Stockton's Sperry Road Extension Project Opens!

Connects State Route 99 and I5 in San Joaquin County

Ribbon cutting ceremones were held this morning to celebrate the opening of the Sperry Road Extension to complete the corridor between State Route 99 and Intersate 5 in Stockton, CA

This project has been in the works for 30 years; groundbreaking ceremonies took place September 30, 2011.

The project is expected to reduce trafic congestion and provide a more direct route to points within south Stockton. It will also be a boon for emergency vehicles and first responders.

Total construction cost was $40 million. It was funded through a combination of State Prop 1 B, Measure K, Stockton Public Facilities Fees and San Joaquin County.