Sil­ver­man: Break ground on 4 promised road projects by next year

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - DEN­NIS WY­ATT Edi­tor

Man­teca Coun­cil­man Richard Sil­ver­man be­lieves peo­ple need to be will­ing to ac­cept a “lit­tle short term pain” for “long term gain.”

He is re­fer­ring to the tim­ing staff is try­ing to work out so the ma­jor re­hab on Yosemite Av­enue be­tween Main Street and Cot­tage Av­enue as well as South Main Street from the 120 By­pass to Yosemite plus the bul­bout re­moval and re­con-

fig­u­ra­tion in the 100 block of North Main doesn’t take place con­cur­rently and can beat con­struc­tion sched­ules dic­tated by weather. The idea is not to tear up both streets at the same time or over­lap­ping each other and not to have roads torn up dur­ing the rainy sea­son. If that hap­pened, work would be de­layed for months.

The city has had the $3.3 mil­lion for the pro­ject on hand for sev­eral years in­clud­ing $2.4 mil­lion in fed­eral funds.

Sil­ver­man wants to see all three projects — that in­cludes the bulb-out block — done in 2017 plus start break­ing ground on Ather­ton Drive and the McKin­ley Av­enue/120 By­pass interchange.

He doubts the city will be able to move for­ward to con­struc­tion on an­other tar­geted pro­ject — the up­graded Union Road/120 interchange — next year sim­ply be­cause the city hasn’t iden­ti­fied all of the fund­ing. It was one of the el­i­gi­ble projects for re­de­vel­op­ment bonds sold prior to the state pulling the plug on RDAs. The lion’s share of that money has been poured into the ground and for other in­fra­struc­ture in the city’s bid to make the wa­ter park re­sort ho­tel and fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment zone work.

That said he is con­cerned that sched­ule jug­gling could end up push­ing ei­ther the Main Street or Yosemite projects into 2018.

And that may not be a good idea po­lit­i­cally given the con­di­tion of roads in Man­teca tends to come up in con­ver­sa­tions about city needs as a close sec­ond to home­less prob­lems.

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