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Not what they’re cracked up to be

Manteca streets need $37 million worth of work

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Not what they’re cracked up to be

The failing pavement on South Main Street near Wal-Mart.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED May 30, 2014 1:12 a.m.

Manteca needs to spend $37.5 million over the next five years to avoid 180.14 miles of city streets from deteriorating to a point they need even costlier reconstruction.

That’s the bottom line of a pavement management update being made to the Manteca City Council Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Street pavement experts from Harris & Associates surveyed 219 miles of municipal streets. The survey excluded all streets that had either been put in place or had maintenance done on them within the last two years.

The report notes “delays in repairs can result in costs increasing as much as 30-fold. In other words, it is not simply ‘pay today or pay tomorrow’ but rather a ‘pay today or pay more tomorrow’ proposition.” Overall pavement maintenance cost is reduced by the timely application of crack seals and slurry seals before the subgrade fails and requires pavement reconstruction

The report inventoried existing pavement conductions, assigned condition ratings, and listed suggested maintenance strategies.

The report indicates:

• 135.18 miles of streets are in very good shape and simply need a crack seal.

• 33.91 miles are in good shape and need a thin asphalt overlay.

• 9.01 miles are in poor condition and need thick asphalt overlay.

• 2.16 miles are in very poor shape and require reconstruction.

• 39 miles are in excellent condition and do not require work.

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