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March 3, 2010 > Road projects to benefit from Proposition 1B funds

Road projects to benefit from Proposition 1B funds

By Shavon Walker

Union City Council approved an updated list of projects that will receive Proposition 1B funding supplemented by monies from the Allied Waste Impact Vehicle Fund. Proposition 1B, also known as the Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Act 2006, is a $20 billion state bond issue targeted at state and local transportation projects. $2 billion is earmarked for road maintenance and improvement by cities and counties. The streets on Union City's project list are being repaired as part of the 2008-09 Pavement Rehabilitation Program.

The city's Proposition 1B allocation in 2009 was $2,237,640. The funds were used to improve streets through a pavement overlay project which fixed approximately seven miles of local roadways. On completion, approximately $510,000 of Proposition 1B funds remain.

Last year, the city's share of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, as advised by the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (CMA), was $1,176,000. The Whipple Road/Alvarado-Niles Road Pavement Rehabilitation project cost $826,000. The remaining Proposition 1B and ARRA balances amount to roughly $860,000 which can fund other transportation projects this year.

The state of California requires Council-approval of any projects or street lists for which Proposition 1B funds are intended. On May 12, 2009, Council approved a list of streets for the 2008-09 Pavement Rehabilitation Program. Sixteen street projects have been added to the original list. The cost of repairing and improving the extra streets is approximately $950,000.

Work includes fixing broken sections of pavement, overlaying new asphalt concrete and other minor repairs to improve street quality and extend the useful life of the streets. Initially, Proposition 1B funds will be used towards the repair costs followed by the rest of the ARRA funds. If additional monies are required, overlay program funds will be used.

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