Sentinel staff report–
One of the top issues residents complain about in Citrus Heights is the poor condition of roads, but progress is slowly being made using new funds trickling in from a 2017 statewide gas tax increase, often referred to as Senate Bill 1 or SB 1.
The first residential streets in Citrus Heights that were repaved with the new gas tax funds were approved last year and totaled 1.3 miles of roadway on portions of six streets that were rated among the worst condition in the city.
The latest list approved by the City Council last month includes sections of 13 streets to be repaved in fiscal year 2019-20, using an estimated $1.45 million that the city is expected to receive in SB 1 funds. The following streets are included on the list:
- Blowing Wind Way – Big Arrow Court to Flaming Arrow Drive
- Carol Ave – Scribner Avenue to Cedar Avenue
- Celestial Way – Capricorn Drive to End (N)
- Covewood Court – Brockwood Way to Cul-de-sac
- Creekmont Way – Starflower Drive to Sunwood Way
- Flaming Arrow Drive – Verner Avenue to Indian River Drive
- Forbs Way – Stacey Hills Drive to Poppyfield Way
- Glass Slipper – Midnight Way to Carriage Drive
- Hatfield Court – Beckwith Way to Cul-de-sac
- Maidstone Way – Bartig Way to Fleetwood Drive
- Picnic Court – Gumwood Circle to Cul-de-sac
- Scribner Avenue – Holly Drive to Carol Avenue
- Sudden Wind Court – Broken Bow Drive to End
The list of streets was unanimously approved by the City Council on April 25, as part of a requirement from the California Transportation Commission. In order to receive SB 1 funds, the commission requires cities and agencies to submit an expenditure plan each year that identifies which projects are proposed to be funded with the new gas tax funds.
The city has yet to set a date for when the streets on the list will be repaved, but a completion date by June 2020 is listed in the City Council’s April 25 resolution.
As funding from the gas tax is received by the city on a monthly basis rather than a lump sum, the city will likely have to wait until enough funds come in before the project goes to contract, which was the case with last year’s repaving project.
Streets are estimated to have a useful life of 30 years after being repaved, according to a staff report to the City Council.
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