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Road Work Continues On Patterson
Despite smoky skies, workers from PG&E attend to gas lines crossing parts of the intersection at Roselle and Patterson roads this past week. Drivers lately have been noticing a number of steel plates on the roadway, left behind when work crews have finished up for the day. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank drivers still have to dodge roadwork at the intersection of Patterson and Roselle roads these days.

Construction and revision returned there on Wednesday and continued, this time, through last Friday.

According to city Public Works Director Mike Riddell, the repairs/revisions were scheduled for fall and PG&E opted to do the work before Riverbank’s planned realignment project at this intersection.

Riddell said he wasn’t sure exactly when the city’s work would begin in the area, since it will depend on cooperation from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

BNSF’s nearby crossing signal is set to be tied in to a stop light planned for the Roselle/Patterson intersection, along with a realignment of Roselle and Railroad Avenue, at Patterson Road. Riddell said the move should help the backup of traffic in the area when the RR crossing bars drop as a train comes through town.

He said the city’s work would include improved sidewalks and pedestrian crossing at the tracks, as well. At some point soon, the city plans to include the First Street intersection with Patterson in the tie-in with the railroad crossing.

Railroad Avenue, opposite Roselle, is not currently aligned properly with the intersection. It runs just two blocks north and south, connecting Patterson Road with Sierra Street, separating the former cannery warehouse property on the east from commercial and residential properties on the west.