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Atascadero starts repaving work funded by sales tax increase

Atascadero is repaving part of Alamo Avenue this week, making it the first project funded by the city’s 2014 voter-approved sales tax measure for road repairs.

The project, which is expected to last a few days, costs about $36,300 and will be followed by 8.85 miles of city road fixes planned with revenue generated by the new tax over the next two years, according to the city.

“I think everyone is pretty excited, and there will be bigger projects going on, but this is a smaller one we wanted to get going,” said Nick DeBar, the city’s public works director.

“People will really start seeing their streets improving over the next couple years, right away.”

Some examples from the list of roads slated for repair in the next two years include sections of Yerba, San Andres and Colorado avenues. The projects in the overall list won’t all be repaving, DeBar said — they’ll also include some surface treatments and some rehabilitation work to the roads.

In 2014, Atascadero voters approved a measure that raised the city’s sales tax by a half percent for 12 years. Sales tax in Atascadero is now 8 percent. An accompanying advisory measure directed that the funds be used for road repairs.

The city’s sales tax bump kicked in April 1, and the city estimates that is has generated about $351,800 in new revenues through June. The state Board of Equalization will confirm those figures in the coming months, officials said.

The majority of the Alamo Avenue project — focusing on Alamo Avenue between Rosario and Delores avenues off Traffic Way — is expected to be finished Tuesday and Wednesday, when old asphalt is ground out of the roadway, which then will be repaved with a fresh coat.

In that project, the money covers construction, consultant fees and other related costs, said DeBar. He added that the intent is to focus the money on fixing neighborhood roads: “… residential and collector roads used by the residents, not the big commercial areas — which we will do with other monies — but the local roads that have been neglected over the years.”

The city’s next tax project for roads will be on Honda Avenue, in the same neighborhood as Alamo Avenue. The Honda Avenue project costs about $40,000, according to the city, and work will begin after Alamo is complete. It is expected to wrap up no later than early August.

TO LEARN MORE

A list of the roads slated for repair can be found in the city of Paso Robles Sales Tax Measure F-14 Draft Budget report

See pages 8-12.

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