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Manteca scores $967K for Louise Avenue work
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Manteca’s final share of a $19.9 billion transportation bond approved by state voters in 2006 will go toward improving Louise Avenue between Main Street and the eastern city limits.

Manteca has already received $1,046,703 in Proposition 1B funds to pay for the rehabilitation construction of West Yosemite Avenue between Walnut and Avenue and Winters Drive. That works is targeted to start this month.

Public Works Director Mark Houghton noted the exact scope of the Louise Avenue work has yet to be determined. It will focus first and foremost, though, on “saving the pavement” to make sure it doesn’t deteriorate to the point it would require a costly reconstruction. Usually such a move involves overlaying pavement.

 He said another high priority is pedestrian safety improvements along Louise Avenue from Cottage Avenue to where the street widens again to the west of Empire Street. Such improvements could involve curbs gutter and sidewalks and more pavement on either one side of the street or both.

Houghton said additional money would still be needed for a limited scope project.

Houghton noted the funding rules don’t allow for land acquisition which is required for the stretch on the north side of Louise just east of Main Street where Louise goes from four lanes to two lanes and back to two lanes.

Manteca has identified Louise Avenue widening for that segment with possible funding from the next 20 years of Measure K taxes authorized several years ago by county voters.

The city a few years ago approved and funded - but has yet to proceed - with the widening of Louise Avenue over the railroad crossing between Airport Way and Union Roads.

Initially the delay was caused by the need to get approval to relocate the PG&E pipeline facility that  is in the right-of-way. Now the delay is the utility being able to work in the relocation of the facility into its construction schedule.