Nearly $1 million will improve some city streets
According to Assistant Engineer Dan Newton the nearly $1 million will be used to rehabilitate River Street, Chesnut Street, North Railroad Avenue, Maidu Lane, Washo Lane, Burma Street and Court Street.
Newton told the City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 6 meeting in a PowerPoint presentation, “There are severe alligator cracks, ruts, depressions and base failures on the streets included within the project. Poor street conditions will be addressed by installing a 2.5-inch asphalt overlay with fog seal. Drainage improvements at various locations will also be addressed.”
The Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association defines a fog seal as “a light spray application of dilute asphalt emulsion used primarily to seal an existing asphalt surface to reduce raveling and enrich dry and weathered surfaces”
Newton also presented potential STIP rehabilitation projects. Proposed STIP projects must be included in the Regional Transportation Plan and have a completed Project Study Report prior to being programmed in the STIP, he reported.
Currently, there are 10 potential city projects with completed project study reports, nine are rehabilitation projects and one is new construction on South Street. There are two rehabilitation projects in the current STIP. This leaves seven rehabilitation projects that are eligible to be programmed in the 2006 STIP augmentation, Newton said.
Programmed for the 2008-2009 fiscal year are 12 streets: Mill Street, Limoneira Avenue, West Street, North Weatherlow Street, Paiute Lane, Sierra Street, Campbell Road, Third Street, Spruce Street, North Gay Street, another part of Court Street and View Drive.
The estimated cost to repair the streets listed in what is called Susanville Rehab 1B is $1,004,000.
Future programs include Rehab projects labeled 1C, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3C and the South Street construction.
The cost of each project has not been calculated except for South Street, which was estimated in 2003-2004 as $316,000.
Since only 1A and 1B plans are programmed Newton told the council the next step is to review the project location and substitute streets if necessary, prepare new project study reports with updated costs or update current costs, and request the Lassen County Transportation Committee program city rehabilitation projects in the Regional Transportation Improvement Program.
Newton said the city staff has identified three potential new projects that would improve circulation in and around Susanville. These projects are not specifically identified in 5h3 Regional Transportation Plan nor do they have completed project study reports.
•Chestnut Street/Paul Bunyan Road, Grand Avenue improvements, and extension of Numa Road — this includes a six-way stop traffic circle or roundabout.
•Extension of Alexander Avenue to Richmond Road
•Highway 36 bypass for regional traffic. City Engineer Fred Nagel said the council needs to closely look at this project before the land where the new bypass can go is developed. He said the city already lost the bypass potential with building to the north of the city.
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