If you’re an area resident and drive a vehicle, you’ve probably got your favorite bad street. Pot holes, broken pavement ... did we mention pot holes and broken pavement?
With all due respect to those who argued, with valid points, against Senate Bill 1, local government entities with responsibility for roadways are due some serious cash and can hopefully use it to make a real impact on road systems that have been neglected in the past several years.
According to reporting last week, jurisdictions in Yuba-Sutter will receive some $7.4 million this year for road repairs, coming through SB 1, the gas tax increase enacted in 2017. Funds are generated through fuel excise taxes, diesel fuel sales taxes and vehicle registration fees and are divvied between Caltrans, cities and counties.
Jurisdictions must provide a project list to the state Transportation Commission outlining plans for their share of funding.
– Yuba City will get $1.19 million this fiscal year and two projects are being funded: improvements to a stretch of Franklin Avenue and the Bridge Street widening project.
– Marysville gets $161,000 and will make minor pavement repairs, seal coat and install new pavement on a number of streets. Marysville would have liked to have received a greater share.
“Given the current state of limited road/fuel tax that smaller communities receive, the addition of SB 1 funding has not been the savior to address large-scale roadway reconstruction projects,” said Jim Bermudez, director of Community Development and Services.
Sutter County will get just over $3 million and it will be used for road rehabilitation projects – pavement overlays and sealing. Personnel over there are happy with their allowance.
“The SB 1 funds have allowed the county to rehabilitate more road mileage overall per year,” said Neal Hay, director of the Development Services Department.
Yuba County will get $3 million for road repair projects. The county is borrowing money from Yuba Water Agency to work ahead on projects and pay back the agency with the annual SB1 funding. The county expects to get more for their money by being able to package road repair jobs into larger contracts.
Caltrans District 3 will receive $344.7 million for 17 different projects around the North State.
Locally, the big project is Highway 20 from Loma Rica Road to Spring Valley Road – the $17.4 million project will widen the shoulders and realign segments.
Without SB1 funding, an official said, Caltrans was facing some $137 million in deferred maintenance backlog over the decade to come.
Better roads are safer roads. And maintenance backlogs often mean that work is deferred until the project costs more money.
Like how the funding is derived by the state or not, the cash is welcome.
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