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Manteca improving 28 miles of streets
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Upwards of 28 lane miles of neighborhood streets will have seal slurry placed on them this spring to prolong their life and to help make driving them smoother.

The Manteca City Council that week awarded the $884,173 project to Valley Slurry Seal. Funds to pay for the road work come from restricted accounts and can only be used on street maintenance.

All of the neighborhood streets in the square mile bounded by Lathrop Road on the north, Airport Way on the west, and Louise Avenue on the south, and Union Road on the east will have a slurry coat placed on them.

Streets in the Central Manteca neighborhoods bounded by Main Street on the west, Louise Avenue on the north, Highway 99 and Cottage Avenue on the east and the along the south by North Street to Fremont Avenue and everything west of Fremont Avenue to Main Street that is north of Yosemite Avenue. It also includes several blocks between Fremont and Sheridan avenues bounded by North Street on the north and Yosemite Avenue on the south.

Four of the streets located in the Shasta Park neighborhood – Nordic Place, Meadow Way, Evergreen Way and Slalom Drive – have deteriorated to the point that they will receive am asphalt overlay.

Other Manteca road projects
The work is in addition to other Manteca road work getting underway in the coming weeks.

•West Yosemite Avenue between Walnut Avenue and Winters Drive.

•East Yosemite Avenue between Cottage Avenue and Commerce Derive.

•The entire length of Moffat Boulevard.

•Woodward Avenue from Main street to a point midway between Airport Way and McKinley Avenue.

The West Yosemite Avenue segment is ready to start this week.

It will include grinding up concrete from the original Highway 120 built in the 1920s that has been covered with several layers of asphalt.

That will eliminate the rough drive from buckling asphalt.

The crown on Yosemite Avenue crossing Union Road will be lowered. In addition some sidewalks at the Union Road/Yosemite Avenue intersection will be lowered as well.

The work at the intersection will eliminate left turn lanes in all directions except for southbound Union Road for a number of days while work is being done.

Yosemite Avenue during times when actual construction work is taking place will be reduced to one-lane of travel in each direction.

East Yosemite Avenue will have new thermal stripping added after work is done to provide easier-to-see lane markings.

Moffat, which was once part of the original Highway 99 route also has the original concrete highway beneath the asphalt. But in the case of Moffat the buckling isn’t a problem which means the entire length will simply be resurfaced.

Spreckels Avenue during work will be reduced to one lane in each direction where it crosses Moffat.

Atherton Drive will be extended between Man Street and where it currently dead ends west of Wellington Avenue by the Paseo Villas apartments.

Work on the four-lane roadway through vacant land will have minimal impact on traffic since Atherton Drive currently T-intersects at Main Street

The most problematic of the road projects is on Woodward Avenue.

It involves digging deep trenches for sewer lines as well as water lines. The road will be rebuilt with a number of the planned landscaped medians with trees installed. 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.

To minimize inconvenience to residents, only a half mile at a time on Woodward will be closed to allow for work to be done. Residents will still have access to their driveways. It could take as long as 18 months for all of the work planned along Woodward to be completed.

The projects are being paid for with either state road bond money, federal stimulus funds, or gas taxes and can only are used for road projects.