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Council discussing repaving residential alleys
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Downtown Manteca alleys are scheduled to be repaved during the next 12 months. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

It will cost $825,000 to repave all alleys in Manteca that are in poor condition.

That cost could drop, however, if the city — after talking with property owners — allows alleys that don’t have utilities such as power, water, and sewer running beneath them to be abandoned and allows backyards to be extended.

The Manteca City Council will review an update of alley rehabilitation throughout the community during tonight’s 7 o’clock meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

This year’s fiscal budget contains $187,382 in federal pass through Community Development Block Grant funds to repave alleys in the downtown district.

The remaining $635,000 price tag covers three areas of Manteca.u$175,000 for alleys in west central Manteca found behind Nevada Street, Edythe Street, and Virginia Street.

$160,000 for alleys in central Manteca found behind Lincoln Avenue, South Grant Avenue, Sherman Avenue, and North Grant Avenue.

u300,000 for alleys in east central Manteca found behind North Powers Avenue, Sheridan Avenue, Marie Avenue, Hansen Avenue and Mylnar Avenue.

The last time the city repaved alleys was in 2008 in the Powers Tract neighborhood between Manteca High and Spreckels Park. Federal pass through funds were used at that time with city crews doing the work.

Public Works Director Mark Houghton noted the cost could be lowered somewhat if city crews — where major rehab work wasn’t required — could apply pavement grindings on the alleys.

Houghton noted unless future block grant funds are eligible to do the work — they can only be used in low- to moderate-income areas — the city would have to tap into Measure K, gas tax or local transportation funds to do the work.

In doing so, however, it would result in reduced funding for streets and road projects. Two years ago, the city commissioned Harris & Associates to conduct a survey of city streets to determine their condition.  The pavement experts warned the city would have to spend at least $37.5 million in work over the next few years to prevent conditions deteriorating to the point they would cost 30 times that amount to replace. The study by isn’t gospel although it is based on actual situations, life expectancy, and normal wear and tear. To do nothing and let 180.4 miles of Manteca’s 219 municipal miles of streets deteriorate completely would cost $1 billion to replace

Measure K sales tax and gas tax receipts will cover the $2 million cost of pavement maintenance for 27 miles of city streets this year.

Two sections of Manteca will have either a slurry steal or cape seal placed on them to prolong the life expectancy of the pavement.

The first contract has already been awarded to Sierra Nevada Construction to do work includes all city streets in the Sierra High neighborhood bounded by Airport Way, Yosemite Avenue, Union Road and the 120 Bypass will have work done on them.

The contract also covers streets in the Woodward Park neighborhood. That includes all streets north of Woodward Avenue, east of Main Street, south of the 120 Bypass and west of Van Ryn Avenue. It also covers streets south of Woodward Avenue bounded on the east by Pillsbury Road and the west by Union Road and the south by Tannehill Drive.