ANTIOCH -- Drivers on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares may soon be spending less time waiting in left-turn lanes.

The City Council approved a near $1.48 million construction contract this week with Concord-based Bay Cities Grading and Paving for several improvements on Lone Tree Way.

The work includes adding a second left-turn lane from southbound Deer Valley Road onto Lone Tree and extending the left-turn lane on Lone Tree at the stoplight to head into Prewett Family Community Park. Some large trees will have to be removed to add the Deer Valley turn lane, while some lights, traffic signals, landscaping and storm drains will also have to be moved or modified, according to city engineers.

The project will start next month and expected to be completed by the fall, according to the city.

City leaders lauded the project Tuesday night, saying traffic often backs up at those two spots and the new lanes will be a big help.

Additionally, areas on the Lone Tree median between James Donlon Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue where landscaping is dying or nonexistent will be replaced with textured colored concrete, according to a city staff report.

The project is being paid for by an assessment district for Lone Tree and county transportation funds through the Measure J half-cent sales tax.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow up at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.



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