Grant funds to help fix roads in Turlock

mrowland@modbee.comJune 17, 2013 

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— One of Turlock's most traveled and most troubled roadways will get a face-lift this fall.

Federal funding has been secured to repave Monte Vista Avenue in front of California State University, Stanislaus, between Crowell and Geer roads.

City of Turlock Development Services Director Mike Pitcock said work should begin in late September or early October. The stretch is one of the city's busier and bumpier thoroughfares, and it carries high traffic coming to and from the university.

The city will receive Regional Surface Transportation Program federal grant funding for the work, expected to cost between $800,000 and $1 million. Pitcock said the city is putting the project out to bid now.

Once work begins it should take about a month and a half to complete.

Meanwhile, work on another much-used city artery, Fulkerth Road, is close to completion.

Construction on the nearly $900,000 project to repave Fulkerth from Highway 99 to Golden State Boulevard was approved in March. Work began this spring and is scheduled to be completed by June 28, Pitcock said.

The section is the first in the city to use rubberized asphalt technology. Rubberized asphalt uses recycled tires and is reported to last longer than regular asphalt. The city received a $122,500 grant from CalRecycle to use the special material.

Pitcock said the city will put out bids for Monte Vista using both traditional and rubberized asphalt to compare pricing.

The projects on two of the city's most heavily trafficked roadways comes as council members deliberate about whether to put a road tax on the ballot to improve the city's streets. The City Council recently held four public forums to hear comment on the issue, along with others affecting the city.

Turlock Mayor John Lazar made fixing the city's pothole-riddled streets a priority in his State of the City address this year. Two options have been discussed to raise some $8 million a year needed to maintain the roads: a half-cent sales tax or parcel property tax.

The council plans to discuss its options in the coming months.

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