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Manteca’s $20M- plus spending plan includes park & transit station

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POSTED April 7, 2012 1:19 a.m.

Manteca is adding its 53rd park this year.

The 7.3-acre Union Ranch East Park is part of more than $20 million in City of Manteca capital improvements that have funding to move forward. Virtually all of the projects have funding from restricted sources whether they are growth fees, users’ fees such as for sewer and water service, or federal grants.

Much of the work related to streets, water, and sewer is to replace aging equipment and protect pavement from deterioration. In some instances, the new improvements will reduce energy and water costs.

Union Ranch is located east of Del Webb at Woodbridge and north of Lathrop Road. The $1,280,125 park-related improvements also includes 3.3 miles of linear park that will include part of the northern extension of the Tidewater Bikeway that will ultimately connect the leg that runs along the south side of the portion of Del Webb that is currently developed with the Tidewater at Lathrop Road.

The biggest capital improvement project is the $7.1 million transit station project that is breaking ground in the next few months at Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street.

Other projects include:

• $327,527 for a Moffat Boulevard storm surge basin being developed south of the railroad tracks adjacent to the former Carl’s Jr. Distribution Center.

• $1.8 million to extend a water line for treated surface water down Austin Road from Yosemite Avenue to Moffat Boulevard. The segment from Lathrop Road to Yosemite Avenue has already been installed.

• $895,000 for centrifugal type aeration blowers with high efficiency turbo type blower at the wastewater treatment plant. The blowers are one of the largest energy consumers at the plant that has a $1.2 million-plus annual electric bill. The new blowers will pay for themselves in nine years in the form of energy savings.

• $278,000 to put in non-potable wells in place to irrigate municipal parks. It is part of an ongoing effort to wean parks off treated municipal water. In doing so, the city is using shallow water tables where non-potable water is found to irrigate parks while avoiding using expensive surface treated water. That in turn helps improve pressure as well as gets more mileage out of available water supplies for domestic

• $290,000 for a water line along Louise Avenue from Austin Road to Pestana Avenue. By getting surface water close enough to the well, it will eliminate the need to use the well except in high demand periods. It also avoids the need to install an expensive arsenic removal treatment package plant at the well site.

• $521,000 for water pipe replacement in the vicinity of Manteca Avenue and Center Street.

• $2.9 million for state-required studies and design work for a new interchange at McKinley Avenue and the 120 Bypass.

$967,000 for pavement rehabilitation along Louise Avenue from Main Street to the eastern city limits.

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