I-205 Mountain House sprawl-serving interchange work continues
- Published Friday, August 4, 2006, by the Stockton Record
Work continues at Mountain House
By Erin Sherbert
Record Staff Writer
MOUNTAIN HOUSE -- It could be next spring before drivers see a wider
and safer Interstate 205/Mountain House Parkway interchange with new
freeway ramps and an expanded bridge with traffic signals, project
Crews are continuing work to widen the interchange to accommodate
the increasing traffic jams and growth in the area.
The $15 million project is about 60 percent complete, with crews now
rebuilding the bridge across I-205.
"The most significant improvement will be safety," said Eric Teed-
Bose, project manager for Trimark Communities LLC, the master
developer for Mountain House. "Instead of sharp, right turns onto
an onramp, it will be more gradual."
The rapid growth near Mountain House has triggered the need for
better roads and a new interchange along I-205, Teed-Bose said.
About 5,000 people live in Mountain House, a planned community just
west of Tracy. The population is expected to grow to 44,000 in the
next three decades.
Local residents say the rural roads and freeway interchanges near
Mountain House are in need of major repair. The Mountain House
Parkway interchange project will help reduce congestion and ease
morning commutes, some residents say.
"It will be a lot better than before, with the flow of traffic,"
said Michael Chambers, a Mountain House resident. "I wish they would
expand more of the roads" near Mountain House.
The interchange work is occurring in conjunction with the widening
of Mountain House Parkway, a two-lane rural road linking San Joaquin
County's newest town to highways and neighboring cities.
Traffic volumes along the roadway increased by 45 percent in 2004
as more families settled in. Today, close to 8,700 vehicles travel
Mountain House Parkway daily, according to the Mountain House
Community Services District.
The plan is to widen the two-lane roadway to eight lanes from
Interstate 205 to Von Sosten Road. From there, the road will be
widened to six lanes all the way to Mascot Boulevard.
From Mascot Boulevard to Byron Road, Mountain House Parkway will be
widened to four lanes.
Trimark will install traffic signals at some intersections where
traffic delays are most problematic, officials said.
Developers say both projects will enhance the appearance in Mountain
House, giving the rural area an urban look, which will help attract
"We are generally cleaning up that corridor," Teed-Bose said. "It
(will be) a more clean and professional look with decorative fencing
and street lights."
Contact reporter Erin Sherbert at (209) 833-1143 or