How the Willow Avenue expansion will affect your daily commute through Clovis, Fresno

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Willow Avenue from Shepherd to Copper Avenues will soon be changing and it’s going to impact everyone who drives that busy stretch of road.

It’s the east side of Willow — or the Clovis side and it’s expanding from one lane to three.

On Tuesday evening there was a public meeting about this major project. 

“Willow is a main thorofare especially from the mountain communities coming here, it’s also the border of Fresno and Clovis and because of that there’s so much traffic going down,” says Vong Mouanoutoua, councilmember for the City of Clovis.

But soon these plans on a poster board, will become a reality because plans to widen Willow Avenue, up to Copper Avenue are now underway.

“It’ll be six lanes total, so three and three in the end, an 8-foot bike lane,” explained Vong.

This all comes as Clovis officials say last year the city was voted the fastest growing.

Fresno County and Clovis officials say the $9.2 million project will be funded from Measure C, SB1, known as the Gas Tax and other funds.

But they say the road is not the only thing expanding.

“We’re not only widening the road, but we’re bringing water and sewer up to the northern area of town which is really going to expand the growth potential in the area,” says Kevin Gross, project engineer with the City of Clovis. 

In the next five years the city has plans to develop something similar to San Jose’s Santana Row — a combination of house and commercial developments.

Fresno County officials say while the widening of Willow might cause some traffic delays, they say it’s worth it.

“We’re asking people that live out here in the north end of Fresno and Clovis to be patient, the end result with be something wonderful,” says Steve Brandau, Fresno County Board of Supervisors, District 2. 

Officials say phase one is from Copper to International. They say that’s expected to be completed by the end of summer. They say phase two, from Shepherd to Behymer is expected to begin in the fall. 

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