Turlock bike path to finally spin to completion

mrowland@modbee.comJune 25, 2013 

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— The bike path along Taylor Road finally will be finished, thanks to new federal funding.

The path was done almost a decade ago, save for a small section that has remained incomplete. But now, thanks to funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, the remaining piece can be paved, said city of Turlock Development Services Director Mike Pitcock.

Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously approved a $183,000 bid from MCI Engineering out of Stockton to complete the Taylor Road Bike Path. Pitcock said the 800- to 1,000-foot section along the south side of Taylor between Teg-ner and Geer roads had not been built because it was in front of a private business.

Now that funds are available and bid approved, work will begin in late August or early September.

This is the third high-profile Turlock road project this year being funded by federal transportation money. Work is being completed on Fulkerth Road between Highway 99 and Golden State Boulevard. And this fall, a section of Monte Vista Avenue in front of California State University, Stanislaus, will be repaved thanks to a Regional Surface Transportation Program grant.

The work comes at a time when the City Council is considering placing a road tax on the ballot to maintain streets, which have fallen in disrepair and are a frequent source of public complaint.

On a light council agenda, the council also approved about $74,000 in contract increases for construction of the Turlock Public Safety Facility.

Members also unanimously passed changes to the city's fee schedule. Most of the fee changes were minor.

One of the biggest new developments was the determination that the city no longer will charge fees for up to 15 photocopies of documents in any of its departments. It was determined that the cost of having employees bill and provide receipts to the public was more than the fee of 15 cents per page.

"It costs the city an average of 38 cents a minute and takes an average of six minutes for a receipt given," said interim Assistant City Manager Ron Reid. "So the city basically has a break-even point of 15 pages. So we'll provide the first 15 pages of public documents citywide at no charge."

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2284. Follow her on Twitter @turlocknow.

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