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This routing in unchanged from its 1963 definition.
Stanislaus County Widening (STA 0.1 to STA 4.9)
There are currently plans to widen this route in Stanislaus county. [May 2002 CTC Agenda, item 2.1b.(2); July 2002 CTC Agenda item 2.2c.(8)] According to the July and September 2006 agendas, the project, as currently scoped, will widen Route 219 to four lanes from PM STA 0.1 to STA 4.9. In March 2005, an updated cost estimate placed R/W capital at $42 million and Construction capital at $33 million. The increase in R/W was due to the rise in property values, including the right of way needed to accommodate estimated traffic capacity based on an updated traffic analysis. Due to funding constraints, and the result of a Value Analysis Study, the Department of Transportation, StanCOG, and local officials reduced the scope of the project by splitting it into two phases. Phase 1 will extend from PM 0.1 to 2.9 and be fully programmed through construction. The scope of the work for Phase 1 includes acquiring right of way for an ultimate six- lane facility, widening the highway from two to four- lanes, and upgrading intersections with local roads. As part of the intersection improvements, an additional receiving lane and a right-turn lane will be added at the intersection of Route 219 and Sisk Road. Phase 1 will be ready for construction during the Summer of 2007. Phase 2 will extend through the remainder of the original scope, from PM 2.9 to 4.9, and be funded at a later date. In 2007, the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA) was recommended to fund $14,760K to widen this route to 4-lanes from Route 99 to Marrow Rd, and $18,813K to widen the route to four lanes from Marrow Rd to Route 108. In June 2008, the CTC approved reducing Regional Improvement Program (RIP) Right of Way Capital funds from $17,000,000 to $14,760,000 ($2,240,000 decrease) and increasing federal Demonstration (Demo) Right of Way Capital funds from $0 to $2,240,000 ($2,240,000 increase). The RIP funds would be programmed and allocated to the Route 219 Expressway, Phase 1A project so that the construction phase can commence. Federal Demo funds, which are programmed for construction of the Route 219 Expressway Phase 1A project but are temporarily unavailable, will be reprogrammed to the Route 219 Expressway Phase 2 project so that it remains fully funded.
In December 2011, the CTC updated the project schedule, as the End Right of Way milestone was delayed by nine months in order to provide additional time for two property owners to relocate. Although Orders for Possession were secured several months ago, the right of way demolition and clearing process stalled because two property owners were building new houses behind their existing homes, which extended the relocation process. The Begin Construction milestone is being delayed by 18 months, nine months of which is a direct result of the right of way delay described above. The other nine months of delay is due to a mistake in the original schedule, which proposed starting construction two months before the End Right of Way milestone. It is more realistic for construction to begin seven months after the End Right of Way milestone. The End Construction milestone is being delayed by 30 months, 18 months of which is a direct result of the begin construction delay described above. The other 12 months of delay is from a thorough analysis of the construction working days. A construction duration of 12 months was unrealistic. A construction duration of 24 months is more realistic based on the final plans and stage construction requirements. The Begin Closeout milestone is being delayed by 30 months because it is directly related to the End Construction milestone, which is being delayed by 30 months as described above. The End Closeout milestone is being delayed by 41 months, 30 months of which is a direct result of the Begin Closeout delay described above. The other 11 months of delay is caused by a mistake in the original schedule, which showed a duration of one month for Closeout. Closeout requires a duration of 12 months. The net result is that the proposed end of construction is 5/31/2014, with project closeout proposed for 7/31/2015.
In December 2011, the CTC authorized $23.76 million for phase 2 of the Route 219 Widening near Salida, from Morrow Road to Route 108. Widen to 4 lanes.
In December 2011, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the county of Stanislaus along Route 219 from Kiernan Court to Dale Road (~ STA 0.28 to STA 1.854), consisting of collateral facilities.
In January 2017, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the county of Stanislaus along Route 219 on American Avenue, Morton Road, Carver Road, Tully Road, Tunsen Road, and Claribel Road to Route 108 (10-Sta-219 PM 2.35/4.86, roughly between Soddard and American), consisting of collateral facilities. The County, by Board of Supervisors Action No. 2016-535 dated October 25, 2016 agreed to waive the 90-day notice requirement and accept title upon relinquishment by the State.
The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures on or near this route (although these expenditures seem to be more for Route 108):
The portion of Route 219
between Route 99 and Route 108 in Stanislaus County (i.e., the entire
route) is officially designated the "CHP Officer Earl Scott Memorial
Highway". It was named in memory of California Highway Patrol
Officer Earl Scott. who was tragically shot and killed while making a
traffic stop on Route 99 in Stanislaus County on February 17, 2006.
Officer Scott was 36 years old and had served with the California Highway
Patrol (CHP) for five years. Officer Scott came from a long line of family
members who devoted themselves to public service under the auspices of the
CHP, including his father and two uncles who retired from the CHP as
sergeants, and a cousin who currently serves as a sergeant with the CHP.
Officer Scott is remembered as being the first to volunteer for such
causes as shaving his head for "Shave the Brave," a fundraiser for cancer
victims. Officer Scott also frequently took youth Law Enforcement
Explorers on ride-alongs. Officer Scott touched many lives and leaves
behind many fellow officers whose friendship with Officer Scott was more
akin to being a family. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 31,
Resolution Chapter 47, on July 11, 2011.
(Image sources: Modesto Bee; Find a Grave)
Overall statistics for Route 219:
This route number appears not to have been assigned by the California Legislature before the 1963 renumbering.
Acronyms and Explanations:
Route 218 Route 220
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