The intersection of Fowler-Shepherd avenues in northeast Clovis was to open to traffic once again Friday night as part of a $1.1 million project to install new traffic signals.
The reopening was about three days overdue, as the contractor on the project fell behind schedule, said city engineer Thad Avery. Shepherd has been closed for nearly two weeks and drivers have been diverted onto other roads to get around the work area.
The reopening will be welcomed by the merchants in the small shopping center at the southwest side of the intersection – such as Me-N-Ed’s, Deli Delicious and the Meat Market.
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But Shepherd west of Fowler to Sunnyside will remain closed for another week as the contractor finishes widening the road and then paves the new stretch. Shepherd should fully reopen to traffic by Aug. 19, Avery said. That will come just before Clovis Unified School District starts its new year on Aug. 22.