Portions of Brighton Avenue, Nice Avenue and South Seventh Street will be among the first roads fixed under the Grover Beach Street Repair and Rehabilitation Program.
In January, the City Council approved the issuance of $5 million of $48 million in general obligation bonds approved by voters in November to go toward the city's long-awaited road rehabilitation project.
Since then, the city has gathered input from the community on how best to prioritize the roadwork through a series of public workshops. On Monday, the council voted to pursue a "blended approach" with some bond money used to rehabilitate fully deteriorated streets and the rest used to repair specific streets identified by the community.
The city has long struggled to fix its crumbling roads. Currently, 71 percent of Grover Beach's residential streets and 58 percent of its major roads are in poor or failing condition, according to an assessment from an engineering firm hired by the city.
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The initial improvements will include major fixes to the segment of Brighton Avenue between 13th and 16th streets, Nice Avenue between 12th and 13th streets and South Seventh Street between West Grand and Rockaway avenues.
These improvements are in the final phases of design, and city staff anticipated that the final designs will be brought before the council in May. If all goes according to schedule, construction could begin on those streets by summer.
The estimated cost of those repairs totals approximately $795,850, plus $48,750 for waterline upgrades along those routes. The waterline upgrades would be paid for through the city's water enterprise fund, while the other costs would be paid through the $5 million bond funds.
City staff also identified several other road segments in need of repairs this year, based upon community input and projections from the city's pavement management software.
These include the following:
- North Fifth Street through Saratoga Avenue;
- North Seventh Street between Brighton and West Grand avenues;
- 13th Street between Atlantic City and West Grand avenues;
- 13th Street between Farroll Road and Highland Way;
- South 14th Street between West Grand and Longbranch avenues;
- South 14th Street between Mentone and Nice avenues;
- Pebble Street between Farroll Road and La Selva Avenue;
- Encinitas Court;
- Stinson Court;
- Dover Court;
- South 16th Street between Mentone and Nice avenues;
- Lynne Street;
- Park View Avenue between Fourth and Charles streets;
- Saratoga Avenue between Ninth Street and Oak Park Boulevard;
- Brighton Avenue between 16th Street and Oak Park Boulevard; and
- La Selva Avenue between Encinitas Court and Pebble Street.
These repairs would expend the rest of $5 million from the 2015 bond issuance.
The council also asked to review the bond issuance schedule at its June 1 meeting, so that it could examine issuing $5 million to $7 million out of the $48 million bonds in 2016, rather than waiting for 2017.
When it approved the bond issuance schedule in January, the city planned to issue the remaining bonds every three years. According to the tentative schedule, $6 million will be issued in 2017; $7 million each year in 2020, 2023 and 2027; and $8 million each year in 2030 and 2033.
At the Monday meeting, staff recommended the council accelerate this schedule because issuing bonds sooner could speed up the roadwork and avoid even more costly street repairs later.
The City Council will examine the bond schedule, as well as its street repair priorities for 2016, at its meeting June 1.