Merced Pavement Anchor Project

Project Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to perform roadway improvements along State Route 59, between post mile R0.0 and post mile R12.1 in Merced County. The existing pavement has deteriorated, resulting in poor ride quality and requiring elevated maintenance efforts. A cold plane and overlay strategy will be used to preserve the pavement. The scope of work for the project will include repairing and replacing the existing pavement and replacing identified damaged culverts and end treatments.

There are four bridges within the project area. Three of the bridges—Owens Creek Bridge, Miles Creek Bridge, and Deadman Creek Bridge—will require barrier and block extensions, replacement of existing metal beam guardrails to the Midwest Guardrail System, and replacement of nonstandard end treatments and terminal systems. The fourth bridge, Mariposa Creek Bridge, will be removed and replaced with a higher bridge to eliminate the continuous flooding that occurs at this location. Caltrans has identified six locations where utility poles will need to be relocated.

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Project Benefits


The purpose of the project is to improve traffic conditions, drainage issues, nonstandard metal beam guardrails and end treatments, and bridges within the project area.


The project is needed to address the rapid and costly deterioration of the roadway surface and culverts and correct the nonstandard metal beam guardrails and end treatments within the project area. The project is also needed to address the health of the four bridges identified within the project area and address the ongoing flooding that occurs at the Mariposa Creek Bridge.


Funding Source

State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) – Pavement Rehabilitation Program 


Project Cost/Programmed

Programed Project Cost Capital $ Support $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $0 $1,757,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $0 $2,358,000
Right of Way $908,000 $610,000
Construction $20,020,000 $2,639,000


Projected Cost as of (December 1, 2023) Planned $ Expended $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $1,757,000 $1,517,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $2,358,000 $1,473,000
Right of Way $610,000 $139,000
Construction $2,639,000 $0


Current Schedule

Process Date
Project Study Report (M010) June 2019
Project Approval & Environmental Document (M200) May 2022
Right of Way Certification (M410) May 2024
Ready to List (M460) June 2024
Approved Construction Contract (M500) December 2024
Project Completion (M600) December 2026


Project Status

Ready to List targeted for June 2024.


Project Contact

Caltrans District 10 - Public Information Office
Phone: (209) 948-7977



Final Initial Study with Mitigated Negative Declaration - April 2022 (PDF - 1,594 KB)


Title VI Information

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Federal Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).

Caltrans will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether they are federally funded or not, and that services and benefits are fairly distributed to all people, regardless of race, color, or national origin. In addition, Caltrans will facilitate meaningful participation in the transportation planning process in a nondiscriminatory manner.