By Hans Peter - Yolo County’s looking to spread state funds over the most egregious roads; they hope to use tax-sourced money to fill the cracks left by federal and county funds.
During Tuesday’s board meeting, supervisors looked over Public Works Director Panos Kokkas’s recommendations.“We have limited funds,” Kokkas told supervisors. “And a lot of roads with many, many needs.”
Kokkas explained that California Senate Bill 1 called for increased state funding to fix up roads, but the county has had to figure out how to apply the funds.
Kokkas provided an outline for the county’s current repair plan, which will cost an estimated $8.2 million — SB1 will cover about $1.4 million of that cost, and the county road fund would lay down the rest. With luck, this plan would hit the road for the 2018 calendar year, with bids out as soon as March or April. Construction would begin the following summer.
That project will address sections of the following roads:
• Resurface/repave 7.22 miles of CR13 between Hwy. 113 and CR14
• Resurface/repave 7.74 miles of CR14 between CR13 and CR85
• Resurface/repave 3.94 miles of CR85 between one mile south of CR14 and Hwy. 16
• Resurface/repave 0.2 miles of 2nd Street in Yolo between CR99W and Clay Stree
t• Reconstruct 2 miles of CR27 between one mile west of CR92D and CR93
All of these projects will likely be completed by December 2018, with the exception of CR13 repairs, which will conclude by December of 2019, according to Kokkas’s report.As per the last 10 years, the county will do its best to recycle as much of the demolished road material as possible. Kokkas said most of CR29’s recent road work has been recyclable.
Kokkas has been tasked with allocating funds to the areas withy the most need. He said his department has analyzed the county to find the worst lengths of roads, all the while considering which potholes could be filled by state and federal dollars.
District 1 Supervisor Oscar Villegas commended his efforts.“You’ve stretched the dollar tremendously,” he said.But the money may not be enough to keep infrastructure on the straight and narrow — recent reports have estimated that the county has about $120 million in back-logged road maintenance needs. In early August, supervisors discussed a “self-help” tax that would go toward road repair.
An analysis released at that time suggested that Yolo’s rural areas suffer the worst roads, as incorporated areas receive more funding.
According to Kokkas, those roads are deteriorating at an “exponential rate.”
Taking note of this, District 3 Supervisor Matt Rexroad suggested the county put funds to use as soon as possible.
“If the damage to the roads is growing at such a significant rate — and we know we’re going to pay for it — we’d be better off taking the current value of that funding stream and investing it in the roads today,” Rexroad said. “That would be better off for the bottom line of Yolo County.”
Staff reported that the county would look into spending SB1 and other county funds sooner to perhaps mitigate the costs farther down the road.