by Sam Richards: WALNUT CREEK — The city expects to land approximately $1.6 million for road repair projects over the next two years as a result of Gov. Jerry Brown signing Senate Bill 1 into law in April, and the City Council has approved a list of projects that money will help pay for.
These include major paving projects for Oak Grove Road, North Main Street and Ygnacio Valley Road, many parts of which haven’t seen significant paving work for as long as 28 years.
The paving projects on the city’s list encompassing July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018 for which the SB1 and other funds are planned are:
• 2018 Oak Grove Rehabilitation — Oak Grove Road from Ygnacio Valley Road south to Cedro Lane, and Oak Grove north from Mitchell Drive to the Concord city limit (Contra Costa Canal)
• 2019 North Main Street Rehabilitation — North Main Street between Interstate 680 and California Boulevard
• 2019 Ygancio Valley Road and Oak Grove Road Rehabilitation — Ygnacio Valley Road between Civic Drive and San Carlos Drive, and Oak Grove Road between Ygnacio Valley Road and Mitchell Drive.
Scott Wikstrom, a Walnut Creek senior civil engineer, told the City Council on Oct. 3 that the segment of Ygnacio Valley Road from California Boulevard to Civic Drive, paved earlier this year, was the first major section of this key arterial repaved since 1989.
• 2020 Roadway Rehabilitation — North Broadway from Parkside Drive to Ygnacio Valley Road, and Parkside Drive from San Juan Avenue to Civic Drive.
These projects combined are anticipated to cost about $6.529 million, and the $1.6 million in SB1 money makes up almost a quarter of that total.
Each California city, county or other entity eligible to receive Senate Bill 1 money must submit a list of street and road repair projects to the California Transportation Commission by Oct. 16. Local governments must also, for each of the following nine years, turn in a report detailing completed and in-progress projects receiving SB1 funding.
In an interview after that council meeting, Wikstrom said the SB1 money — from a new 12-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline — is a “huge, huge shot in the arm” for Walnut Creek and other cities that have seen state gas tax revenue go down as vehicles become more and more efficient, and maintenance needs remain constant.
“That (SB1) money fills a widening hole in our funding to fix roads,” he said.
The rest of that $6.529 million will come from the city’s general fund ($800,000); from “One-Time and Major Roadway Funds” set aside years ago for local road projects ($399,000); from the aforementioned state gas tax revenues ($1.83 million); and from Measure J, Contra Costa County’s half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2004 ($1.9 million).
Walnut Creek has 218 miles of streets for which the city is responsible. Over the past three years, major completed projects have included repaving North Main Street from Geary Road north to the Pleasant Hill city limit, and from Geary Road south to the Interstate 680 overcrossing; and repaving Buena Vista Avenue from Geary Road to Parkside Avenue.
Also was the 2015 slurry seal project encompassing 43 streets, including Trotter Way, Lariat Lane and Sierra Drive; the 2016 “slurry seal” project encompassing 59 streets, including Sunnyvale Avenue, Minert Road and Larkey Lane; and the 2017 slurry and cape seal project covering 53 streets, including Walnut Avenue, Rossmoor Parkway, Marchbanks Drive, Dover Avenue, Blackstone Drive and Cedro Lane.