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Working route for levee project before council
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The working alignment for the contentious proposed extension of a dry levee south of Manteca is directly behind parcels on the north side of Fig Avenue between Airport Way and Oleander Avenue.

The Manteca City Council is being updated Tuesday on work so far on the Reclamation District 17 design that’s part of a $150 million project to enhance flood protection for Manteca, Lathrop, and Weston Ranch in Stockton.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The levee is proposed to be extended from where it ends to Airport Way and then swing south before heading east again.

Absent any direction from the city, consultants working on the project assumed the alignment that the council will see Tuesday.

Public Works Director Mark Houghton noted that the ultimate alignment of the levee is a significant factor to the overall development of southern Manteca.

He added the final alignment will require further analysis and consideration, likely in conjunction with the upcoming general plan update and alignment section for the Antone Raymus Expressway. 

The general plan is a state mandated planning document that’s serves as a city’s blueprint for growth.

The state also has mandated cities provide flood protection for areas that are within the 200-year floodplain or else development cannot occur. A plan with a financing mechanism has to be in place by July 1, 2016 or the state will impose a building moratorium.