Merced 140 Planada Intersection Control Improvement Project

Project Description

Caltrans is proposing a safety project to improve intersection controls from post miles 43.5 to 43.9 at the State Route 140 and Plainsburg Road intersection in Merced County. Three alternatives are proposed: Alternative 1 is a roundabout, Alternative 2 is signalization, and Alternative 3 is the No-Build. Total costs for the project are estimated between $5,837,000 and $4,494,000 depending on the Build Alternative. The project has been programmed into the 2020 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) under the Safety Improvements Program for delivery in fiscal year 2023/2024.


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Project Benefits


The purpose of this project is to reduce the number and severity of broadside and head-on collisions through intersection control improvements.


A pattern of broadside collisions has been identified at the intersection due to motorists’ failure to yield.


Project Cost/Programmed

 Programed Project Cost Capital $ Support $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $0 $1,399,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $0 $1,530,000
Right of Way $4,520,000 $410,000
Construction $2,760,000 $1,450,000


Projected Cost as of (October 24, 2022) Planned $ Expended $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $1,399,000 $1,111,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $1,530,000 $0
Right of Way $410,000 $0
Construction $1,450,000 $0


Current Schedule

 Process Date
Project Study Report (M010) Winter 2021
Project Approval & Environmental Document (M200) Fall 2022
Right of Way Certification (M410) Summer 2024
Ready to List (M460) Summer 2024
Approved Construction Contract (M500) Winter 2024
Project Completion (M600) Fall 2025


Project Status

Project currently in the Project Approval & Environmental Document (PA&ED) phase. The Draft Project Report just completed E-review.


Project Contact

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



Initial Study with Negative Declaration - FINAL - November 2022 - (PDF 3.8 MBs)


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.