Fresno coun­cil OKs some street fixes. Did yours make the cut?

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY BRI­ANNA CALIX [email protected]­ Bri­anna Calix: 559-441-6166, @Bri­an­naCalix

After heated de­bate at Fresno City Hall, the City Coun­cil on Thurs­day finally ap­proved a plan on how to spend money the city will re­ceive from the state gas tax.

Four city coun­cilmem­bers rep­re­sent­ing south Fresno neigh­bor­hoods op­posed the orig­i­nal project list pro­posed by Mayor Lee Brand. They con­tended more money should go to neigh­bor­hoods in south Fresno suf­fer­ing from years of ne­glect.

Those same coun­cil mem­bers voted to ap­prove a project list that looked mostly the same as the one Brand pro­posed – with mi­nor ad­di­tions.

The most ex­pen­sive project on the list re­mains in north­east Fresno. Here’s a break­down on some of the projects:

Nees Av­enue: Nees will be repaved from First Street to Mill­brook Ave, cost­ing $838,000. This is the stretch that in­cludes Sakura Chaya, ampm and the fire sta­tion.

Dakota/Maroa/Black­stone neigh­bor­hood: This $684,000 project will mostly be neigh­bor­hood paving on Dakota from Black­stone to Maroa.

Lane/Kings Canyon/ Maple neigh­bor­hood: An­other $670,000 will be spent on con­crete in this neigh­bor­hood, plus $200,000 for a slurry seal, which is es­sen­tially re­pair­ing the sur­face of the road.

Marks Av­enue, Ash­lan to Dakota: About $630,000 will be spent on an over­lay project on Marks from Ash­lan to Dakota, or from 7Eleven on Ash­lan through the neigh­bor­hoods un­til Dakota.

Lane Av­enue, Ch­est­nut to Peach: This stretch of Lane Av­enue that runs past Sun­ny­side High and Pili­bos Soccer Fields will re­ceive about $620,000 in fund­ing for an over­lay project.

Cedar Av­enue, Barstow to Bullard: Cedar Av­enue pass­ing by apart­ments near Fresno State and the shop­ping cen­ter with The Bull­dog Shop will get a new over­lay, cost­ing about $605,000.

Har­ri­son/Shields traf­fic sig­nal: This in­ter­sec­tion near Dai­ley El­e­men­tary will get a traf­fic sig­nal for $582,600.

Santa Fe/Indianapol­is/Tiel­man neigh­bor­hood: About $560,000 is marked for paving in this neigh­bor­hood nes­tled against the rail­road tracks.

North/Fig av­enue im­prove­ments: The $549,700 marked for this area will be matched or lever­aged with other funds for repairs. The in­ter­sec­tion is near Vista Foods Country Mar­ket near in south­west Fresno.

Arm­strong/Lane traf­fic sig­nal: About $520,000 will be used to put in a traf­fic sig­nal at this in­ter­sec­tion near John Walsh El­e­men­tary.

Cal­i­for­nia/Wal­nut traf­fic sig­nal: This busy south­west Fresno in­ter­sec­tion will finally get a traf­fic light, to the tune of $503,100. The in­ter­sec­tion is home to Dol­lar General, the Edi­son High ten­nis courts, Franklin School and St. Joseph Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church.

Barstow/Palm: A traf­fic sig­nal will be in­stalled here, cost­ing about $500,000 in to­tal. This in­ter­sec­tion is near Bullard High.

Barstow Av­enue, Marks to Van Ness: This res­i­den­tial road near the Fig Garden loop will get an over­lay, cost­ing about $445,000.

Dakota/Hamp­ton/ Mill­brook neigh­bor­hood: The neigh­bor­hood near Cen­ten­nial El­e­men­tary will re­ceive about $375,000 worth of paving.

Bullard/Sierra/Cedar/ Mill­brook neigh­bor­hood: This neigh­bor­hood north of Bull­dog Sta­dium will re­ceive about $320,000 in con­crete work.

Safe Routes to School: The coun­cil mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing south Fresno neigh­bor­hoods fought for these projects to be added. They will in­clude side­walks con­struc­tion and bike lines near John Muir El­e­men­tary, Tioga Mid­dle School, Yosemite Mid­dle School and McKin­ley El­e­men­tary. So far, the price of the projects has yet to be de­ter­mined.

CRAIG KOHLRUSS ck­[email protected]­

The Fresno City Coun­cil has ap­proved projects to be funded by state gas tax rev­enue.

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