Manteca is receiving at least $4.8 million in federal stimulus funds with efforts underway to secure even more.
The money flowing to Manteca as part of President Obama’s American Recovery Act includes:
•$900,000 to go toward the $2.9 million project to build the four-lane gap missing on Atherton Drive between South Main Street and a point west of Wellington Avenue.
•$957,000 to pay for the rehabilitation of portions of nine streets.
•$1.4 million to hire four additional police officers for three years.
•$1.3 million in transit funds including $380,000 to go toward environmental studies for the proposed transit station at Moffat at Main, $100,000 for an additional fixed route bus, $130,000 for the lease of the new Manteca Transit facility, and $40,000 for marketing, branding and signage.
That comes to $73.85 for every one of Manteca’s 65,000 residents.
The first stimulus project to go forward will be the rehabilitation of the nine streets.
The City Council on Tuesday is expected to award the low bid of $957,900 to George Reed Inc. to do the work.
The streets being resurfaced are portions of Union Road, Alameda Street, North Street, Mission Ridge Drive, Wawona Street, Winters Drive, Hoyt Lane, Northgate Drive and Button Avenue.
The project involves isolated pavement repairs followed by placement of a rubberized asphalt overlay.
The overlay is similar to the surface that was placed on Center Street from the railroad tracks to Union Road and Cottage Avenue from Yosemite Avenue to the Highway 99 overpass.
It uses recycled tires and has a life just as long – if not longer – than asphalt. It also costs less plus the city could be eligible for recycling diversion credits for the use of tires in the resurfacing material.
The money is designed to help cities such as Manteca that has cut more than $8 million from its budget due to the Great Recession to fund projects that can put people to work.