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City awarding $1.4M in construction work
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Two contracts designed to upgrade water and sewer service in Manteca are expected to be issued by the City Council on Tuesday.

The projects are:
• $1.3 million for the Austin Road water pipeline extension project consisting of 20,000 feet of pipe from 12-inch to 24 –inch in Austin Road from Lathrop Road to Yosemite Avenue. It will improve system pressure as well as allow surface water treated at the Nick DeGroot Surface Water Treatment Plant to be blended with nearby wells to reduce the levels of arsenic to meet tougher new federal standards.
• $364,690 to clean and line 5,500 feet of sewer pipe in Louise Avenue from Cottage Avenue to Main Street. The line is concrete and is currently unlined. It has been severely eroded by sewer gases. The lining will extend its life by another 25 to 30 years.

Both projects are being funded by rates paid by users of the water and sewer system and will not impact the general fund that is in deficit spending. The money being used for the projects can only be used legally for the purpose it was collected for from ratepayers under state law.

Other projects ready to start construction include:

•The Lincoln Avenue water main project that will cost $318,170. The bid by Rolfe Construction was $207,000 under the engineer’s estimate. It involves replacing several smaller, inadequately sized lines with 3,850 feet of pipe for a 12-inch water main, modifying four fire hydrant plugs, and modifying 61 water connections. The water line work is in Lincoln Avenue from North Street to Alameda Street, Alameda Street from Lincoln Avenue to Dawn Drive, and in Dawn Drive from Alameda Street to Edison Street.

•A $184,495 project to have D.A. Wood Construction install a 12-inch water main, fire hydrants and 20 service lines along 2,590 feet from Yosemite Avenue to Crom Street along Airport Way.

Manteca has also attained $1.3 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for pavement repair and asphalt overlay on segments of Union Road, North Street and Alameda Street. No local match is required. Bids are expected to be sought later this month.
The bid for the Yosemite Avenue/Highway 120 interchange landscaping is expected to be awarded later this month as well.