Nearly half of the city’s street pavement is poor or at risk of reaching that state, according to a staff report for a City Council workshop Tuesday night.
The council will discuss streets and roads in the second of the workshops that new Mayor Gary Soiseth scheduled for the start of his term. Water was the topic of the first one Feb. 3; sessions on police, recreation and other functions will follow into April.
The transportation discussion will deal with the current state of city streets and future projects, including a South County Corridor to the Patterson area and a new Highway 99 interchange at Turlock’s south end.
City voters in November rejected a ballot measure that would have boosted street repairs by adding half a percentage point to the sales tax for seven years. It would have allowed annual spending to rise from about $1.25 million to $6.25 million.
A sales tax increase for all of Stanislaus County is being considered for a 2016 ballot, likely funding street repair, major new routes and public transit. Turlock’s share is not yet known.
The staff report said 54 percent of the city’s streets are in good or excellent condition, 20 percent are poor, 3 percent have failed and 23 percent are at risk.
“Turlock has a substantial investment in streets (valued at $357 million),” the report said. “… Continuing at our current funding levels, we will see steep decline in pavement condition.”
The report has vivid names for the problems encountered by drivers –alligator cracking, block cracking, distortions, longitudinal or transverse cracking, patches, rutting, weathering and raveling.
Overall, the city’s pavement rates a 67 on a scale of 100 – better than Modesto’s 63 but well short of Hughson’s 82, the report said. Getting to 80 in Turlock would require spending about $11.4 million a year.
The South County Corridor, parallel to West Main Street, would connect Turlock’s main industrial area to Interstate 5. The new Highway 99 interchange, serving residential and other growth, could be an enlargement of the one at Bradbury Road or a new one at the highway rest stop.
Officials also are looking at improving the Lander Avenue, Fulkerth Road and Taylor Road interchanges. The one at Monte Vista Avenue has been upgraded as part of retail and other development in the area.
Bee staff writer John Holland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2385.
AT A GLANCE
What: Workshop on Turlock road needs
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
Where: City Hall, 156 S. Broadway, Turlock