Merced 140 Roadside Safety Improvements Project


The project proposes to replace existing bridge approach guard rail on State Route (SR) 140 in Merced County at the Outside Canal Bridge (Br. No. 39-0055) and Main Canal Bridge (Br. No. 39-0046). The project also includes drainage work at eleven locations along SR 140. The scope includes the relocation of canal access roads, culvert extensions and removal and reconstruction of headwalls within the clear recovery zone. Right of way acquisition is required for relocation of the canal access roads and utility relocations. This project is part of the Collision Severity Reduction Program.


Project Benefits


The purpose of the project is to decrease the potential for traffic collisions and reduce severity by improving the clear recovery area for the traveling public. The project is part of the Clean Up Roadside Environment Program (CURE). This program was established to reduce collisions and minimize collision severity involving errant vehicles leaving the traveled way and striking fixed objects. Within the clear recovery zone of SR 140 fixed objects are present. These fixed objects include bridge railing and culvert headwalls. 


The project is needed because fixed objects, such as culvert headwalls, are within the clear recovery zone. Relocating headwalls outside the clear recovery zone would decrease the potential and minimize the severity of collisions.


Funding Source

The project is programmed as a Long-Lead into 2016 State Highway Operations & Protection Program (SHOPP) with funding from the Collision Severity Reduction program in the 2021/22 fiscal year


Project Cost/Programmed

 Process Capital $ Support $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $0 $1,607,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $0 $1,046,000
Right of Way $1,416,000 $477,000
Construction $4,225,000 $1,172,000


Projected Cost as of (October 6, 2022) Planned $ Expended $
Project Approval & Environmental Document $1,607,000 $1,517,000
Plans, Specifications, & Estimates $1,046,000 $833,000
Right of Way $477,000 $339,000
Construction $1,172,000 $0


Current Schedule

 Process Date
Project Study Report (M010) 6/25/2014
Project Approval & Environmental Document (M200) 5/18/2020
Right of Way Certification (M410) 9/30/2022
Ready to List (M460) 10/3/2022
Approved Construction Contract (M500) 2/16/2023
Project Completion (M600) 9/12/2023


Project Status

Project targeted to achieve Ready To List by October 2022. Right of Way Certification risks are high.


Project Contact

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



Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration - April 2020 (PDF) 2,974KB


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.