Welcome to Our Project Website
The purpose of this website is to provide information and updates on the State Route 132 Phase 1 Project: a 2-lane facility from SR 99 west to Dakota. For information on the ultimate 4-lane project, please see StanCOG’s website: www.stancog.org/
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG), the City of Modesto and Stanislaus County, is proposing to construct a freeway/express way at a new alignment along the adopted State Route 132 route south of Kansas Avenue from Dakota Avenue to east of SR 99 at the Needham Street Bridge Overcrossing. The complete 4-lane project will be constructed in two phases, Phase 1 and Phase 1A.
The City of Modesto is the lead agency for Phase 1, which will include construction of the two lane roadway and bridges from SR 99 to Dakota Avenue. We are presently studying an option that will construct two lanes with a potential center turn lane on N. Dakota Avenue from the proposed SR 132 to existing SR 132 (Maze Boulevard). Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019.
Why is this being considered?
The purpose of this project is to improve regional and interregional circulation, relieve traffic congestion along SR 132 (Maze Boulevard) and improve traffic operations. The existing route is a flat, rural two-lane undivided conventional highway with shoulders and isolated left-turn and right-turn lanes. It passes through residential, commercial and agricultural areas with posted speeds ranging between 25 mph and 50 mph. The proximity to schools, churches, businesses, and residences along Maze Boulevard make for slow-moving traffic, congestion during peak hours, potential conflicts with pedestrians and bikes, and a non-compatible truck route. The upgraded route will result in more efficient travel in the area. The next Phase, to continue the project west to Gates Road, is entering into the environmental evaluation process.
Project funding comes from local, state and federal sources. Currently the preliminary design is being refined. Additional information will be provided soon on the construction cost and right of way impacts as the design is further developed.
For additional information about the environmental review process, please visit the Caltrans project site at
When will this be built?
Construction is anticipated to begin in Summer 2019, and be open to traffic by December 2020.
Tree Removal and Utility Updates
Tree removals and trimming are occurring along the new State Route 132 alignment, along Dakota Avenue and around the SR-99 L Street on and off ramp. The tree removals and trimming are being performed to prepare the areas for utility relocations and construction of the highway.
Utility relocations will likely start in March or April of 2019 and continue at various locations across the project until construction starts in the summer of 2019. Click here for the preliminary schedule.
Miss Our Meeting?
Click HERE to review the presentation provided at our recent informational meeting.
Click HERE to review the exhibits presented at the meeting.
Preview State Route 132 Design!
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today announced a $9 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program grant for State Road 132, the Gateway Express Project in Modesto. The grant was issued as a result of persistent support from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock).
“At a time when we see increased congestion and travel times, this project will move trucks around the city and improve commute times on local roads,” said Rep. Denham. “Efficiently transporting our agricultural commodities from the Valley is critical to our economy, and this grant will get Valley goods to market faster while reducing traffic and improving the public safety of Modesto residents.”
The $9 million grant will be used for the first phase of a newly-constructed, two-lane highway traveling east/west around Modesto. The Gateway Express Project will increase capacity by allowing trucks to avoid the most populous areas of the city. Approximately 8.2 million tons of freight per year, or 34,000 tons daily, are moved over SR-132 to and from the I-5 corridor. The project will allow for continued growth of Valley agricultural exports.
Quantified benefits over 30 years should include: