Funds for overlays might not be enough

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By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

The increased cost of asphalt could mean fewer Angels Camp streets get new coats this spring.

City Engineer Gary Ghio told Angels Camp City Council members Tuesday that the cost of asphalt has increased at least 9 percent since last year, and with a $300,000 budget for the city's road rehabilitation project, there might not be enough money to overlay all the streets scheduled for this year.

The roads most likely to be pulled from this year's coating schedule are Fairview Drive, Highland Alley and a portion of Bush Street, Ghio said.

City Administrator Tim Shearer said the road project is designed to rehabilitate and repair city streets on a regular basis so that over a 10- to 12-year period, all streets in Angels Camp will have been tended to.

He said if some streets are pulled from this year's schedule, they will most likely be added to next year's projects.

Shearer said the city commissioned a street study that ranked the streets by condition and amount of use, and gave Angels Camp officials a list of everything that needed doing and the order in which it should be done.

"That study is a general guideline for us," Shearer said. "We apply some common sense, looking at streets within some proximity to each other and streets that need the same kind of work done."

Streets likely to receive new asphalt this year are Mayo Road, Park Avenue, Finnegan Lane, Gold Cliff Road and Echo Street, Ghio said.

The city also plans to widen and lengthen Sierra Drive at Gateway Park, and pave the gravel parking lot there, Shearer said.

Funding for the road rehabilitation project comes from traffic mitigation fees that people pay when they get building permits for new construction and from the city's general fund, Shearer said.

Ghio said he'd put this year's project out to bid next week.

He said the road work will probably take place in April or May.

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