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Gas tax jump helps fund road repairs
This section of Yosemite Avenue east of Powers Avenue is part of a mile long stretch of the east-west roadway that will be improved thanks in part to the new gas tax hike going into effect Nov. 1 - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

Manteca’s share of the extra 12 cents in gas tax drivers of non-electric vehicles will start paying in 32 days will initially be funneled to six projects including addressing some of the roughest pavement  on the city’s major thoroughfares.
The City Council on Tuesday is being asked to identify projects that the money will be spent on to comply with state requirements stipulating jurisdictions must delineate how they will spend the additional funds before they can receive them.
The projects are:
Removing the bulb-outs and reconfiguring Main Street from Center Street to Yosemite Avenue for $1 million.
Improving Main Street from Atherton Drive to Yosemite Avenue for $1,818,000.
Improving Yosemite Avenue from Main Street to Cottage Avenue for $1,515,000.
Work on Airport Way from Yosemite Avenue to Daniels Street for $2,460,000.
Rebuilding streets in the Springtime Estates neighborhood located in the triangle formed by Main Street, Louise Avenue, and ighway 99 for $1,200,000.
The 2017 annual pavement maintenance project budgeted for $1,200,000
The 2018 annual pavement maintenance project budgeted for $2,000,000
The projects identified have a combined cost of $11,193,000. Once other sources of funds are taken away — primarily $2.4 million in federal funds that must be spent on Main Street and Yosemite Avenue — local sources need to be tapped for $8,757,920 to complete the projects. Current gas tax splits as well as Measure K funding dedicated to local road repairs from the countywide one cent sales tax are budgeted toward covering the remaining $8.7 million but fail to cover the entire tab.
The State Department of Finance estimates the new gas tax will send an additional $417,208 to Manteca in the 2017-2018 fiscal year and $1,251,552 in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Staff has made it clear that the additional funding from the gas tax over the current and the next fiscal year will not bridge the entire local funding gap for the six identified projects.
The Main Street and Yosemite Avenue project s will entail removing pavement and grinding it up. It also will include some curb and gutter work as well as making sure sidewalks at intersections meet American with Disabilities Act requirements.
Both improvement projects are significant undertaking. The city doesn’t want to tear up two of its major thoroughfares during the rainy season.
The first of the two projects is targeted to start actual work next spring.
The City Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center Street.