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Thornton Road at Bear Bridge Photosimulations

City of Stockton, Stockton, California

The City of Stockton was planning a roadway widening for a segment of Thornton Road to increase capacity, install walks and curbs and control access.

The existing roadway consisted of a one through lanes in each direction with a shared center left turn lane. The project needed to accommodate two to three through lanes a shared center left turn lane and walks. On some locations this would require a more substantial separation between Thornton Road and residences.

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POITRA was asked by the city to provide photosimulation design visualization. The city of Stockton Department of Public Works was familiar with POITRA work from past I-5 Interchange projects.

The Engineer provided all the base photographs from a corridor photo survey.

At the Bear Bridge location a group of very large trees growing in the right-of-way needed to be removed to allow additional lanes. The removal of these trees exposed a very large area of the background which consisted of houses and landscaping. These had to be restored using a selection of reference photographs and traditional digital painting techniques.

POITRA artists carefully laid in the new lane configuration, with curbs, walks, drive cuts, lane markings, and relocated street lighting. A section that includes optional street trees, hedges or walls is visible in the far back of the simulation. An alternate simulation was created for each.

The previous bridge and roadway design experience of the POITRA Visual principals made the process quick and smooth.

The final existing and proposed alternate photosimulation images were used in the public outreach process conducted by the City of Stockton. The images were set in graphic display boards to be printed for community meetings and also used on the City's project website. article end


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