Front and Center —pothole-laden road to be ripped up soon

Center St. is full of potholes after a harsh winter. That — and any issues under the street — will be rectified later this year after the road constuction project wraps up. Photo / Per Peterson

Sporadic splashes of color have been added to the Center St. area, but it’s not for a parade.

About a dozen trees have been adorned with pink ribbon, signifying they are destined to be removed for the upcoming street infrastructure project, and hundreds of small, orange, white and blue marking flags have been stuck in the ground as the start date for yet another major Phase 3A road project looms.

“I think this is one of the most critical roads of the city,” Tracy City Administrator Erik Hansen said. “I don’t think we can do it any later … this year was the worst — I drove it just (Thursday), and it’s terrible. And in order to do anything east of Center with the sewer and water — you can see what’s happening on 1st Street East and 2nd Street East, Morgan Street — those streets are terrible. We can’t do those streets until we complete Center Street.”

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