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More trees coming for Woodward Ave.

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More trees coming for Woodward Ave.

East Union High senior Dave Mendoza plays his guitar in the shade at Northgate Park onThursday. He was having a jam session with friend Mario Zuniga.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED August 26, 2013 12:22 a.m.

Bids are being sought to complete the landscaping in Woodward Avenue medians west of Airport Way.

The $18,500 project includes installing an irrigation system, planting trees and shrubs, putting in place weed control, mulch, and a 90-day maintenance period.

 It is part of the $9 million “Woodward Avenue Utilities and Street Improvement Project” that placed a major sewer trunk, storm system lines, and street improvements on Woodward between South Main Street and a point roughly midway between McKinley Avenue and Airport Way. The road was rebuilt with a number of the planned landscaped medians. The reconfiguration of the road follows a City Council directive to keep Woodward as a two- lane road instead of widening it to four lanes west of Main Street.

 Growth fees are picking up 100 percent of the tab.

The project enables the city to accommodate additional growth to the south. It also  created a wide two-lane Woodward Avenue broken up by a median designed eventually to have stately shade trees in a bid to blend development in seamlessly with the existing semi-rural character of some 70 homes already in place along the roadway.

The work included 6,610 linear feet of median curbing or more than 1.2 miles of landscape planters that will have 146 trees planted in them..

The decision to do all the work at once meant the road was only disturbed once for major utilities. The water line and fire hydrants have been in place for more than a decade.

Manteca borrowed $9 million from the Public Facilities Improvement Plan transportation accounts paid for by growth to fund the project. Fees collected from future growth will repay the loan plus interest at a fixed annual rate of 2 percent.

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